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Melissa credits one of her doctors for giving her hope early on. "She looked at me and said, 'Melissa, whatever this is, whatever road you have to go down, believe me, you will be fine,'" says Melissa. "That really set me on the road. And I kept that in mind. I will be fine."

While acknowledging the seriousness of cancer, Melissa says it's important for all those affected by the disease to have an attitude of hope. "Cancer holds a lot of power," she says. "There are so many advances nowadays. Breast cancer especially. Yes, you can die from it. Absolutely. But that's not the only end to it. There are millions of cancer survivors."
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FROM: Melissa Etheridge's Fight for Her Life
Published on September 29, 2005

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