Sheryl Crow: Strong Enough
Even before her 2 1/2-year relationship with Armstrong, Crow was an outspoken advocate for cancer activism. Now her own diagnosis has only strengthened her focus to spread the word about early detection. "Sheryl and I have talked about the opportunity she has now to promote health care among women, and that everyone should seek the best possible medical care," says Ulman, himself a three-time cancer survivor. "She is trying to make the point that early detection is the key to survival."
Adds Natalie Cole, a friend of Crow's and a fellow cancer activist (her father died of lung cancer in 1965): "I know she'll get through this. The same resolve she has used to deal with her breakup is the same she'll use to deal with this."
Despite the postponed tour, Crow – whose introspective latest album, the Grammy-nominated Wildflower, showcases a quieter, more raw sound – has no plans to put down her guitar for long. "She's already asking when they can hit the road again," says Trott. "She is ready to go."
By Michelle Tauber. Alicia Dennis in Austin, Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna, Michael Fleeman and Vicki Sheff-Cahan in Los Angeles, and Kate Klise in Chicago