Another Famous Person Battling Cancer

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
July 31, 2007 5:59pm CST
It seems the thing to do these days, so every time you look around someone famous is announcing that they are fighting a life-threatening illness. Today it was Robin Roberts of Good Morning America. It was announced that she is battling breast cancer. I have mixed feelings about this. I don't think I would want to go public if I was fighting some terrible illness. I just think some things are so private they should be kept in the family and among close friends.
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@meljessxena (2317)
• Australia
1 Aug 07
it would be so difficult to go public about an illness like this. i feel so sorry to hear when anyone is diagnosed with an illness. i think if i was to find out i was sick like this i would only tell family and very very close friends.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
1 Aug 07
I don't know....I think sometimes the reason "celebrities" go public with any difficulty they are having is in a way to let people know...us "common" folks" if you will, that they too can succumb to difficulties and that it's not just for us non-celebrities to battle life circumstances--look at all the problems Betty Ford had, now there is a clinic in her name where others can get help
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
1 Aug 07
Yes, that is true, pyewacket, but so often they go public for ulterior motives. I might have become a bit jaded because I've seen so many publicity stunts over the years. And lots of times it's simply a ploy to gain sympathy. I don't think that's true in this case, but it sometimes is.
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
1 Aug 07
What is so special about a famous person battling cancer? Is that somehow more important than you or I taking on this dreaded disease? Or anyone else else in the world for that matter? Celebs battling an illness are no more important than the everyday man or woman. Who speaks for the common man or woman is this battle? When I hear a celeb has some disease, I say to myself, so what?
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
1 Aug 07
I would think that they shouldn't want or need the publicity, sigma. To me, illness is a personal thing, and as such should be shared between friends and family.
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
31 Jul 07
I saw that on the news this afternoon. Being in the public eye herself I suppose she had to. I don't envy her for doing that though because that must of been hard to announce it to the whole world. I probably would of kept it to my family as well, mind you I might have said something in here too. Who knows! I'm just glad she was able to detect it early.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
31 Jul 07
Yes, I guess it all comes down to: Be careful what you ask for. I think some people would willingly trade their public success for a little bit of privacy.