Kylie's Big Birthday Wish
The pop princess has only one desire for her milestone birthday.
Get ready for some serious glitterballs because our very own pop princess Kylie is having a major milestone birthday on Monday. Yep, that's right, the blonde babe is celebrating five decades of fantastic hits, fashion moments and just being fabulous. And doesn't she look amazing?
But in the lead up to the big day, the songstress says there's one thing that will really make her birthday a special one -- and that wish is to help and support anyone who is currently battling breast cancer.
Kylie herself knows all too well the pain and suffering the disease can bring -- having being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 -- so she is asking her fans to join her in helping others by donating to her chosen UK charity, Breast Cancer Care.
Taking to social media, the pop princess turned country diva wrote, "This decade also bought the challenge of breast cancer. With the help of family, friends, medical teams and of course all of you, we made it through."
She added, "There are some great organisations who are there to help those in need such as @breast_cancer_care."
Kylie was only 36 years of age when she was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. At the time, she was touring the UK with her Showgirl – The Greatest Hits Tour, which ultimately led to the postponement of the remainder of her shows.
The shocking news proved devastating not only for Kylie but also her legion of followers -- resulting in a brief but intense period of media coverage -- with many fans flooding the songstress with messages of support and some even taking to congregating outside the family home in Melbourne.
After undergoing surgery to remove a tumour only days later and then chemotherapy, the pop diva was finally given the all clear. But the star likened the whole process to "experiencing a nuclear bomb".
It would be another 10 years, however, before she could say with some degree of confidence that her treatment had successfully worked. Celebrating with fans, she took to Instagram to thank them for their support throughout her journey.
"Today marks my official 10 year 'all clear' from breast cancer. Naturally, my nearest and dearest were at the forefront of my mind," she wrote.
"Behind the tears were relief and thanks and thoughts. Thoughts of all those who are making their way towards this landmark, those who are past the landmark and of those who we sadly miss.
"Thank you just doesn't say enough," she added poignantly.
While the pop diva has often spoken of her greatest respect for the medical profession, in a 2008 interview with Ellen DeGenerous she spoke candidly about how doctors mistakenly gave her the "all-clear" just weeks before she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
"Listen, this is an opportunity for me to say something that I have not said before. I was misdiagnosed initially," she said at the time.
“So my message to all of you and everyone at home is, because someone is in a white coat and using big medical instruments doesn’t necessarily mean they are right.”
Following the interview, the former neighbours issued a statement, which read, "I have a great respect for the medical profession and the numerous, in fact, countless, people who helped me on my road back to health. I am in the very best of hands now, but it is a fact that my initial diagnosis was that I was, 'Alright, and had nothing to worry about’. A few weeks later this was clearly not the case. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment is the key for any woman diagnosed with breast cancer.”
Kylie's experience offers somewhat of a cautionary tale given that, in Australia, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. But despite mammography being the cornerstone for breast cancer detection, experts say one in five cancers are still being misdiagnosed. What's more, half of all women screened will have a false positive result.
The pop princess has often spoken about how her experience has allowed her to connect with fans battling the disease themselves, and her latest birthday message is just another example of how she is giving back. In an interview with Daily Mail Australia, she said, "I feel very close to every one of them and I think they do to me, it’s not about anything else but what we’ve all been through."
Despite having had enormous success on the music charts, there's no denying there's been some personal pain for Kylie. She's battled cancer and endured several high-profile relationship breakups over the years. But through it all, she's managed to come out a survivor -- while always thinking of her fans. And that's why we love her.
Happy birthday, Kylie!
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