We're just coming off of the heels of September which was "Sickle Cell" awareness month and jumping right into October which is "Breast Cancer" awareness month, so I figured this would be the perfect time to write about one of my favorite Rock/Pop/Country singers "Sheryl Crow" and her personal battles with Breast Cancer.
Breast cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the breast. Cancer starts when cells begin to grow out of control. Breast cancer cells form "more often than not" as a tumor that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. Breast cancer occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get breast cancer too. A lot of people are unaware that men can have breast cancer so I would encourage men to get more informed about Breast Cancer as well!
Statistics show that about 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime and as of January 2020, there are more than 3.5 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment.
Sheryl Crow was blessed to be diagnosed very early with stage zero Breast Cancer when she was 44 years old. The Nine-time Grammy Award Winner ( now 58 years old) was able to undergo a minimally invasive surgery called a lumpectomy followed by radiation, which put her cancer into remission. Sheryl was able to beat the cancer, but the journey was tough because of the timing. When she was first diagnosed, her relationship with (her then fiancé) Lance Armstrong was falling apart. While they were going through a separation, people were camped out in front of their home with hopes of getting pictures of the couple to complete their tabloid stories.
Sheryl and her two sons now live in West Nashville, Tennessee and have been reported to be continually keeping her breast cancer at bay in remission. Due to Covid 19, her 2020 performances have been cancelled; however, there are tickets available now for 2021!
One of my favorite songs from Sheryl Crow was recorded in 2003. It was a revised version of the song "The First Cut Is The Deepest" originally written by songwriter Cat Stevens. He made a demo recording of “The First Cut Is The Deepest” in 1965 and brought the song to P.P Arnold who recorded the song, which charted billboards in the ’60s and started a long list of artists who would try their take at the classic song. It is reported on Wiki that there are 68 different versions of the song with the most recent cover being in March of 2017 performed by Billy Valentine, but I happen to know for a fact that they failed to mention a very special reggae version written by a Jamaican songstress legend by the name of Marcia Griffiths in 1970. Both versions of the song are my favorites! I can't choose just one, therefore I will leave you with both versions. As always I wish everyone great health and prosperity!
Sheryl Crow "First cut is the deepest version"
Marcia Griffiths "First cut is the deepest version"
Written by: Olufemi Dakim Fortson