Many of you know I’m a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in March of 2008.
Cancer is the kind of thing that changes your life, changes the way you see everything, the way you respond to hardships and trials, the way you relate to God and others.
In upcoming months leading up to the release of A Thousand Sleepless Nights I’m going to post more on trials in general, cancer in specific, and my own fight with colon cancer. But for now, I wanted to share this list of “famous” people who have also battled colon cancer. In my book they’re no more worthy of recognition than every day folk I know who have also taken on cancer–folk like Tom or Jim or Janice or Dan–but because of their lives in the spotlight their names might be more recognizable.
•Milton Berle, American comedian, died March 27, 2002 at the age of 93
•Dick Dale, surf guitarist whose cancer has recurred as of 2008
•Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American athlete
•Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court justice
•Audrey Hepburn, actress, died January 20, 1993
•Pope John Paul II
•Carolyn Jones, actress, known for playing Morticia Addams in “The Addams Family”. Diagnosed with colon cancer in 1982, died one year later in 1983.
•Eartha Kitt, American singer and actress, died December 25, 2008
•Jack Lemmon, American actor, died of colon and bladder cancer on June 27, 2001, aged 76
•Vince Lombardi, coach of the Green Bay Packers, died of metastatic colon cancer
•H.P. Lovecraft, horror writer
•Walter Matthau, American actor, had metastatic colon cancer, but died of heart disease on July 1, 2000, aged 79
•Tammy Faye Messner, American Christian singer, evangelist, died July 20, 2007
•Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress, died at age 62, 8 weeks after diagnosis
•Jeff Moss, co-founder of Sesame Street
•Sharon Osbourne, British reality TV star and talent show judge, diagnosed with colon cancer in July 2002, aged 49. She has recovered.
•Ronald Reagan, U.S. President
•Rod Roddy, previous announcer for “The Price Is Right,” died at age 66, 2 years after diagnosis
•Charles Schulz, creator of ‘Peanuts,’ died at age 77, 60 days after diagnosis
•Joel Siegel, movie critic and host of “Good Morning America,” died at age 64, 10 years after diagnosis
•Tony Snow, White House press secretary under George W. Bush died July 12, 2008 at the age of 53
•Darryl Strawberry, baseball player
(This is a partial list taken from the Colon Cancer Resource page)
Leave a comment with just the first name of someone you know who has battled cancer. List as many names as you’d like.