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Melissa Etheridge hopes for 'lots of questions' at '1 a Minute Live' for breast cancer
Melissa Etheridge is just one of the celebrities taking part in "1 a Minute Live," an expert panel and film screening that will be broadcast nationwide one day only on Wednesday, Oct. 6 benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
"I'm really looking forward to people asking me lots of questions," Etheridge, who beat her struggle with breast cancer in 2005, tells Zap2it. "There's a lot that we don't know about cancer, but we can share what we do and it's interesting to see how other cultures approach the disease."
Etheridge will be joining the expert panel along with other celebrities whose lives have been affected by the disease, including Olivia Newton-John and William Baldwin.
Besides her struggle while going through chemotherapy and fighting the disease, the singer has come to see it as a gift and she has worked on getting herself healthy again holistically.
"Our bodies are amazing machines," she says. "And we don't even know how unhealthy we are until we get healthy. The food we're eating, the stress we're placing on ourselves, can all make a great difference."
The singer and activist has been a role model to breast cancer survivors, especially after appearing fresh from chemotherapy and bald at the 2005 Grammy awards in a tribute to the legendary rocker, Janis Joplin.
"I didn't know it would have the impact it did," says Etheridge. "I just didn't want anyone else to sing that song, but I'm honored by the response it got."
Etheridge appears in the film, "1 a Minute," which will be screened after the panel to the more than 500 participating theatres worldwide. Directed by Bollywood actress and breast cancer survivor, Namrata Singh Gujral, Etheridge says she participated in the film, because she liked Gujral's "caring approach" to the subject.
For more information and to join Etheridge for "1 a Minute Live," visit www.1aminute.com.
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