My Story: Stars Who've Faced Breast Cancer

From Angelina Jolie going public about her double mastectomy to Melissa Etheridge's memorable return to the stage, see the women who've shared their survivor stories

  • MELISSA ETHERIDGE photo | Melissa Etheridge

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Updated: Tuesday May 14, 2013 | 01:00 PM EDT By: Kiran Hefa and Alison Schwartz


Age at diagnosis: 43
When the singer took the stage at the 2005 Grammy Awards with a show-stopping rendition of Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart," she famously performed bald – a reminder of her October 2004 breast cancer diagnosis. "I'm feeling great," she proclaimed to PEOPLE. Years later, performing 10,000 feet up in the air for a 2009 Breast Cancer Research Foundation benefit, Etheridge said, "My health is better now than it's ever been. Cancer woke me up."