11 Badass Celebrities Who Bravely Battled Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, which means you’ve probably seen trendy pink products for sale and watched NFL players run around in neon pink cleats. But, there’s more to this month than pink bracelets and water bottles and races for the cure. Breast Cancer Awareness month is also about acknowledging the millions of people who’ve been affected by breast cancer and how hard they’ve had to fight against the disease.

According to the National Cancer Institute, around 231,840 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and one in eight women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at some point during their lifetime. Breast cancer doesn’t discriminate. It affects women of every age and race. It doesn’t care if you’re a college student, a new mom, a grandmother, a politician, or even a movie star.

Here, 11 celebrities who bravely shared their diagnoses with the world and inspired others with breast cancer to never stop fighting:

1. Shannen Doherty

Doherty was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and has been very open about her fight in the hopes of inspiring others. “[Cancer] you realize how many people in the world are going through the same struggle as you and that you have such a larger family than you thought,” she explained to ET. “The amount of love has changed me, it’s just made me appreciate people.”

2. Janice Dickinson

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Dickinson was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer in May 2016 and underwent two lumpectomies and two rounds of radiation. In July she told People, “This battle isn’t behind me. But I will be like a phoenix walking through the ashes. I will see my grandchildren get married. And I have a new purpose: to make sure people get tested. If I can reach just one person, I’ve done my job.”

3. Amy Robach

Good Morning America host Amy Robach had her first-ever mammogram live on TV to encourage other women to get one. What she didn’t know was that mammogram would actually find cancer. Robach survived and told her story in a memoir called Better: How I Let Go of Control, Held On to Hope, and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour, in which she wrote, “When you are fighting for your life and five years isn’t guaranteed… you only think about right now. And that is a gift, and that makes you a better person, because you’re present.”

4. Christina Applegate

Applegate was diagnosed in 2007 and underwent a double mastectomy. Since then, she’s shared how her diagnosis altered her priorities in life. She told CNN, “I used to say, ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff — not even the big stuff.’ At the end of the day, none of it matters but your own joy, your own spiritual journey that you go on, God, your loved ones, your friends, your animals. These are the things you’ve got to cherish and love and embrace.”

5. Giuliana Rancic

Fashion Police and E! News host Giuliana Rancic was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. She now uses her platform to advocate for others with the disease, and even set up a foundation called Fab-U-Wish to grant wishes to women who have cancer. For her, a huge accomplishment has been returning to her life before cancer. As she told the Los Angeles Times, “I’m not just someone with breast cancer. I’m still the girl I was before.”

6. Sheryl Crow

This year, Crow celebrates 10 years of being cancer-free. She was diagnosed at 44 and had surgery followed by radiation treatments. Recently she opened up to ET about how cancer changed her, saying, “I’ve had a lot of people say, ‘Yeah, these things help you redefine your life,’ but for me, I really refined my life. I began to hack away at the things that were not important and the things that were energy sucking. I learned how to say no.”

7. Rita Wilson

Wilson underwent a double mastectomy in 2015 and was later declared cancer-free. She chose to share her story to encourage others to always get mammograms and to show there are good outcomes. “I want people to know that even though you go through life altering experiences, that this beautiful thing we call life, goes on,” she said in a statement in May. “I know that not everyone will have this good fortune but I think it’s important to let you all know that there are good stories.”

8. Hoda Kotb

Today host Hoda Kotb underwent a mastectomy in 2007. She kept a video diary of the experience and shared it with her  audience. In it, she revealed, “Cancer gave me the gift of being fearless. What I get from this whole horrible ordeal is ‘You can’t scare me.'”

9. Sharon Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne underwent a preventative double mastectomy in 2012 because she found out she’s a carrier of the breast cancer gene. She explained the decision to Hello magazine later that year, saying, “I’ve had cancer before and I didn’t want to live under that cloud… I didn’t even think of my breasts in a nostalgic way, I just wanted to be able to live my life without that fear all the time.”

10. Angelina Jolie

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Angelina has been famously outspoken about finding out she carries the breast cancer gene, as well as about her decision to undergo a double mastectomy and have her ovaries removed. In a 2013 Op-Ed in the New York Times, she explained her decision to undergo preventative surgery. “Life comes with many challenges,” she wrote. “The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of.”

11. Wanda Sykes

Sykes had a double mastectomy in 2012 after being diagnosed with “stage zero” breast cancer following a scheduled breast reduction. She credits early detection with saving her life and told People, “I made my decision [for the double mastectomy] because I love life and I know I’m blessed. The kids are also a huge part because you want to be around for them. My scars? I barely see them. I feel whole; I really do. Because every day, I get to say, ‘There’s no cancer’. I’m healthy, and that’s beautiful.”

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