LIVE REVIEW - WXTU & St. Mary's private concert for breast cancer survivors



By Freda R. Savana
The Intelligencer

Sheryl Crow moves breast cancer survivors to tears

"We belong to an elite club," celebrity singer Sheryl Crow told a small audience of fellow breast cancer survivors Wednesday.

Crow, who was diagnosed with breast cancer nearly eight years ago at the age of 42, told the enthralled and emotional crowd, "You're amazing and you're always in my prayers."

The nine-time Grammy winner came to New Hope's Triumph Brewery as part of an honorary luncheon sponsored by St. Mary Medical Center and radio station WXTU.

Echoing the thoughts of many cancer survivors, Crow said her life was forever changed after the devastating diagnosis. "I always put myself at the bottom of the list, but I learned to say no. ... It was a game changer."

Like others, Crow said, she had a description of what she thought her life was supposed to be. "Married, children, happy-ever-after."

But after confronting cancer, the famous singer/songwriter said she learned that way of thinking "narrows what happens ... you have to open up and let life in."

Mary Ellen Davis, 47, learned she had stage 3 breast cancer in June 2010. The nurse at St. Mary said she's doing well, thanks to the support of her family, friends and physicians.

"To be able to share your story really helps," added Davis.



The theme of support and love was evident in the room of 30 survivors and their guests, who laughed, cried and hugged each other throughout the event.

Dr. Stacy Krisher, medical director of St. Mary's breast center, said people go through an array of emotions waiting to know if they have cancer.

"It starts with fear, sleepless nights and waiting and more waiting." Then, when the diagnosis comes, "life is turned upside down."

Patients ask, "will I see my daughter get married? Will I see my baby's first birthday?"

Through often grueling treatment they discover how strong they are, said Krisher. "They learn who and what is important to them."

The strength of the "pink warriors" was applauded by Andie Summers, part of WXTU's morning show team.

By refusing to let cancer defeat them, she told the women and men, "you make your life matter."

Crow moved the audience to tears, using her powerful music, while understanding their determination, fear and strength.

Of her cancer, she told them: "It was a gift, not one I want to go through again, but it was a gift."

SOURCE: The Intelligencer

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New Hope, Pennsylvania (USA)
13 November 2013



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