Sheryl Crow gives an inspirational and passionate keynote address about her surviving breast cancer. Her informative and frank keynote took place at an event called Conversations on Health and Wellness October 10, 2009 at the beautiful Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes and was sponsored by Los Angeles Times Magazine.
Thank you, LA Times Magazine, for allowing us to cover yesterday’s “Conversations on Health and Wellness” where Sheryl Crow gave the keynote address. As promised, we said we would report back to our audience on the event and on Ms. Crow’s anticipated speech.
All in all, very impressive! 500 people gathered in the Terranea’s Grand Ballroom, hanging on to every word that Sheryl Crow uttered. Relaxed and engaged, Crow talked about her own experience with cancer and framed the day ahead. She explained that she was the epitome of someone who would never expect cancer, not that many people do. There was no cancer present in her family, and at 44, she ate well, always had routine mammograms, exercised, and maintained a healthy weight. When calcifications were discovered, she progressed to a needle biopsy. Fortunately, her physicians caught her cancer at stage one. Yet, the day she received the diagnosis her life, her world changed completely.
What was of interest was the positive spin Crow put on her battle, or should we say her ‘journey’ with breast cancer. She described what she has experienced as a diagnosis of opportunity, of not a ‘defining‘ moment but a ‘refining‘ moment. Over the last three years, Crow has become a student of cancer. She has found the joys and benefits of meditation and mindfulness. She has discovered serenity in a ‘sisterhood’ of breast cancer patients who have cheered her on from the sidelines. Her life has changed dramatically. She no longer puts everyone else before her self. She acts with honesty and dignity, and travels far and wide to call attention to cancer, just as she did before her diagnosis.
Clearly, the LA Times Magazine chose their keynote speaker wisely. Sheryl Crow is so much more than a talented musician. She is you and me, and everyone else who is susceptible to disease. She has shown her wisdom of using her celebrity to demystify breast cancer, and we remain thankful that she has made that choice.
Here at oomphtv.com, we are excited to cover Sheryl Crow at this coming weekend’s “Conversations on Health and Wellness”, a first time event presented by the Los Angeles Times Magazine held at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
The choice of Sheryl Crow presenting the keynote address at a convention that focuses on wellness is not exactly obvious. Crow has countless hits which have propelled her to “rock star” status to be sure. (We’ve learned that even President Obama listens to Crow’s songs on his Ipod.) Crow is a musician first, isn’t she? Then, of course, is Sheryl Crow’s gorgeous physique. A native of Missouri, she hardly carries that just-off-the-prairie image anymore. She is just drop dead gorgeous. (If you don’t believe us, just check out her recent photo shoot now featured on their site of the LA Times Magazine. Oh my, oh my!)
So where is the connection to wellness and Crow? Why her? Shouldn’t we be expecting a physician in this roll? Thankfully, no. Sheryl Crow packs a ton of star power, but clearly, her song “Every Day is a Winding Road” rings true in her own life and in all of ours as well. Crow has been on an amazing journey which has allowed her to become a new (and single) Mom. Gathering from tabloid fodder, she had her heart stomped on right before her breast cancer diagnosis in 2006. With that diagnosis, she has come out stronger, more purposeful, more informed. Her winning battle with cancer has touched the lives of thousands of women and has helped break the silence about this dreaded disease. We cheer her on. We say “Go girl!” and we really mean it.
In this month’s issue of Health magazine, Sheryl Crow shares her thoughts on diet and attitude. Her tips include eating lots of Omega 3s and viewing food not only for enjoyment, but for nutrition. Her candor is refreshing, as are her views on aging. Whereas the Health magazine headliner reads “How does she stay so young?” Crow counters this. “…I definitely am embracing aging. When you shoot your face with Botox and stuff, you rob yourself of your ability to have youthful expressions, and that’s why sometimes people look a lot older.”( I wonder if Sheryl knows that a plastic surgeon will be speaking at the conference! )
Is it coincidental that Sheryl Crow is releasing a deluxe two-disc edition of her debut album “Tuesday Night Music Club”this month? Or does she truly have information on wellness prevention that all of us should be paying attention to? Stay tuned to the second part of this blog which will be posted after we listen to her give the keynote this Saturday. In the meantime, join us as in spirit as Crow plays ambassador at a conference that puts the face of wellness front and center. For more information, check out latimesmagazine.com/events.