Melissa Etheridge defeated breast cancer

Published: September 15, 2020

Awarded the Academy Award for best original score in 2007, Melissa Etheridge began her career by performing in Lesbian bars across Los Angeles. Melissa Etheridge publicly declared herself as the icon of gay rights in 1993.

Born in 1961, this vociferous activist made small appearances at the Candy store in her initial years in the music world and side by side continued to perform in lesbian bars. Regardless of facing ire or rejections, she never lost her hope and she maintained her focus for a big break. She debuted with Island Records in 1986 and from then on there was no looking back. Climbing the ladder of success, Melissa succeeded in leaving a mark as a singer who sings and fight for gay rights. In 1998, she made her first hit tune with “Bring Me Some Water”. Melissa Etheridge also won an Oscar in 2007 for her song ‘I Need to Wake up’ for the film documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth’

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, she started her treatment immediately, which included chemotherapy. In a candid interview Etheridge said she used marijuana for medicinal purposes, saying it lightened her mood and increased her appetite during her chemotherapy treatment. But this did not bring everything to standstill, there was just a slowdown. She then made a rocking comeback in 2005 at the Grammy stage. In the year 2005 she made appearances on many T.V. shows. breast cancer could not stop her from doing what she loves to do nor could it conquer her dogged spirit. Melissa Etheridge stands as a symbol of bravery for women with breast cancer and armed with her never say die spirit she is all set to bring forth her 11th studio album in 2009.

Melissa and her wife Tammy Lynn Michaels have two children that were conceived via artificial insemination. Michaels gave birth to twins (a boy and a girl) in 2005, one year after Etheridge was cleared of breast cancer. Etheridge and her previous partner also have two children. The boys, born in 1997 and 1998, were fathered by a sperm donor and conceived through artificial insemination as well.

Other celebrities who have been diagnosed with breast cancer include Sheryl Crow, Kylie Minogue, Olivia Newton-John, Ingrid Bergman, Christina Applegate, Betty Ford, Bette Davis, Anastacia and Cynthia Nixon.

Other celebrities who have conceived through artificial insemination include Halle Berry and Clay Aitken.

Image source:, by Craig ONeal.

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Published September 15, 2020 by in Celebrities
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6 Responses to “Melissa Etheridge defeated breast cancer”

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