Cancer. It is one of those diseases that make the skin crawl when the word is spoken. It is a devastating illness that destroys a person cell by cell, and makes like incredibly hard. The cure is not really cure as it destroys all of the good in the body too. Cancer is evil all the way around.
Being diagnosed with cancer can be a devastating moment in which it is hard to find hope. Sometimes when we are in a position of needing to find support we find it in interesting places. One such place is possibly in the stories of those that have survived the disease. When that survival is attached to a celebrity the message of hope can be incredibly helpful as the message has a greater chance of being heard.
To spread the confidence that a person can beat cancer and survive, here are three celebrity stories of encouragement…
Around the world, and most definitely in the United States, the time has come where families gather around the television to watch their favorite actors and actresses gain the recognition that they deserve.
March 2nd marks the happening of the the world famous gala known as the Oscars. It is a giant affair in which the starlets that appear dream and think of this evening years prior. What will be worn and whom will be worn is not only being spoken as the unfurling of the red carpet happens but also weeks before and weeks after. That is why it is no small affair to choose what a star is to wear for such an occasion. Of course, for the men the situation is a bit easier. A handsome tux and your good to go. For the ladies on the other hand, the situation is serious. The color, fabric, style, length, enhancements, accessories, hair, make up, the list goes on and on and on in relationship to what creates the beautiful masterpiece that stands before us on the grand Oscar evening.
Captain America. With a nickname like that, it is hard to not to like ice hockey player extraordinaire John Carlson. A man of great composure with his delicate handling of the puck and his lion-like prowess when it comes to defending his team, Carlson is a player that has shown his worth.
Originally from the area of Natick, Massachusetts, Carlson came from a family that gave up the normal life to become a “hockey family”. This centering around the puck, per say, was a bonding time for the family. That’s not to say that Carlson’s father, Dick Carlson, was easy on him. Doubling as both his Dad and his coach, Dick kept his son on the straight and narrow. His father’s hounding and determination to train a well-honed hockey player that loved the sport helped the young Carlson into creating the work ethic needed for greatness.
Bode Miller is an example of athletic success that was created out of simplicity. Raised in a New Hampshire home without electricity, Miller truly embodies the fact that superior athleticism is something created out of dedication, hard work and belief in self.
The two-time World Cup Overall Champion, four-time world champion and five-time Olympic medalist not only speaks his truth with clarity, but he shows that his outside-the-box take on training has reason to be considered legit. Not to mention, he has done what many athletes never do: he took a full year out to heal and regain complete strength to be strong for the Sochi Olympics.
What has he been doing to regain ultimate strength, agility and balance? Let’s take a closer look at one of the most successful downhill alpine skiers in all of American history.
She may be young, but hopes are high for Mikaela Shiffrin. And for good reason. Showing her absolute worth in the past year, this energetic, lovely, blond, spunky teen is ready to win one gold, if not two. In fact, some in the world of downhill competitive skiing are saying that this eighteen year old is the next Lindsey Vonn.
Considered to be the U.S. ski team’s “It Girl” for the Sochi Olympics, Shiffrin is showing some sparkle within the arena of the Olympics that many athletes on the various U.S. teams are lacking. A relative new comer to the world of big name skiers, Shiffrin is ready to take on the challenge.
A name that is already known in the father land of skiing, Europe, Shiffrin has shown her worth. She became the second youngest woman to become world ski champion last year at the age of 17 as well as the youngest American ever to hold a world title. As this year’s season has progressed Shiffrin has won three of five World Cup slalom races and won second one time. This collection of impressive placings is making Shiffrin a skier that people are talking about and putting hope on.
Julia Mancuso is one of those people that grab your attention. It isn’t necessarily because she is beautiful. It isn’t necessarily because she is incredibly humble and kind. It isn’t because she is the gratitude-filled owner of one Olympic gold and two silvers. Yes, all of those things combined help a person to gravitate towards this impressive 29-year-old. But there is something else…is it her graceful tenacity that embodies the female warrior spirit?
The lovely Julia Mancuso has been the eternal underdog in the world of downhill skiing. Always spoken about after the grandiose Lindsay Vonn had her time in the spotlight, Mancuso never let it bother her. Instead, she kept at what she does best. Smiling. Working hard. And making things happen one step at a time. Over the years it has resulted in five World Championships, three Olympic medals, and the impressive title of the only American female alpine skier to win the three Olympic medals.
Mancuso is a gorgeous powerhouse that is ready to take on the downhill speed events in Sochi. She is the U.S. main hope for medaling, which is a big load to carry. But one she is doing with grace and a lot of time in training.
They are a pair to be reckoned with. Meryl Davis and Charlie White have proven that when it comes to brilliance on ice they are a duo that demands and deserves respect. This admiration will undoubtedly extend to their performances soon to come in Sochi.
Having won their sixth straight U.S. championship last month in Boston, the incredible twosome are not just past Olympic silver medalists, they are a couple that are bringing dance to another level for this 2014 games. This was obvious with their showmanship and impressive point lead at the TD Garden in Boston, having obtained a 60-point component score and the first skating duo in U.S. championship history to earn over 200 points in a two program format.
With such an impressive showing at the U.S. championships, White and Davis are said to be putting in the grueling practice hours needed to be Olympic champions. The couple has not lost in almost two years, so the Olympics will be quite the place for a showdown. Sports enthusiasts believe that there is only one couple that has a chance to defeat them, and that is Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Not only are Virtue and Moir country neighbors, but they are also training partners with White and Davis in Canton, Michigan. It is safe to say, the competition shall be exciting to watch.
When it comes to knowing what the podium feels like, alpine ski racer Ted Ligety is no stranger. His rap sheet of accomplishments is lengthy: 2006 Olympic gold medalist in the combined, four-time World Cup champion in giant slalom (2008, 2010, 2011, and 2013), gold at the 2011 World Championships in the giant slalom, gold in giant slalom, super G and super combined at the 2013 World Championships in Schladming, Austria as well as a jaw dropping 21 victories and 43 podium visits in World Cup competition in 2013. Not too shabby, to say the least.
Ligety is a man to be reckoned with on snow and off. A successful entrepreneur with his eye and head protection company, Shred Optics, and body armor business, Slytech, Ligety is a living, breathing representation of excellence in all aspects of life. This impressive ability to stay on top of his game is a daily practice of doing what is necessary to remain ahead of the competition.
What does that mean exactly for Ligety with Sochi just around the corner?
Shani Davis is a man to be remembered. Not only is he the first African American to medal in an individual sport in the Winter Olympics, but he is also a competitor to be reckoned with. Sochi will be Davis’ third Olympics. That, alone, is impressive, but put on top of a multi-accomplished Olympian a world record holder and multiple medal winner (for the 1500 and 1000 meter sprints, of which he won two gold for the 1000 meter and two silvers for the 1500) and you have a man that is incredibly inspirational.
At age 31, Davis has lived a life of speed skating. This year marks his 25th year of putting skates on. Knowing that this is his third Olympics, Davis has the right attitude for the Sochi games: to have fun. But that doesn’t mean that he hasn’t been putting his time in in regards to training and eating right.
What does a world renowned speed skater do to win competitions and stay healthy? For Davis, it comes down to one thing: working hard to succeed.
He is a hero in the wonderful world of snowy mountains. A man that is hard to miss with his red hair and energetic attitude, Shaun White is not only a positive role model for the snowboarders of the world, but for all people that want to create their dreams into reality. Shaun White is a living example of creating an amazing life by looking and creating outside the box of the norm.
Shaun White was born on September 3rd, 1986. Delivered into this world with a congenital heart defect, White underwent two heart surgeries before he graduated from kindergarten. This, alone, is something that would stop a lot of people in their tracks, but not White. Raised in a family that didn’t connect his heart condition with staying sedentary, White started his attraction to gravity play with a board under one’s feet at the age of six by following his brother skate boarding. This love for skating transferred to the snow shortly after, and a passion was born. Soon a love for speed was created. A frightening idea for a loving mother, White’s mom made a deal with him: in exchange for slowing down, he would only ride backwards, or switch. This agreement helped him to practice a skill set that would lead him to two Olympic Gold Medals before the age of 23.