We were all shocked to hear that Jackie Collins had died. It was even more shocking to hear that she died of breast cancer and had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer six and a half years ago. In that time, she continued to publish books and tour to support her books. Only her daughters knew she was sick; she didn’t even tell her siblings, including her sister Joan Collins, until a couple of weeks before her death. Her final newsletter, which was scheduled to go out in October to announce the release of a new book called ‘The Stud’ as well as talk about her cancer diagnosis, has gone out with what ended up being her final letter to her fans.
As you may have recently heard, I revealed that I have been LIVING life to the fullest with Stage 4 Breast Cancer for the past six and a half years. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, my message is this:
Early detection can save lives! Get regular mammograms, and/or tell your loved ones too. Low cost or free mammograms are offered through many national programs and community organizations, so do your research.
Even if you’ve been screened, and you have a gut feeling that something in your body is off, get a second opinion!
Cancer does not have to be a death sentence! You, or someone you love, can live an extraordinary life regardless.
Be kind and be grateful. Never underestimate the power of your mind. Embrace what you love, and LIVE life to the fullest, as tomorrow is not promised to any of us.
Whatever your pain or struggle in life, don’t allow it to turn you into a victim… let your battle turn you into someone else’s hero!
She also wrote about how 20% of her published book sales would be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the month of October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You can read her entire newsletter at her website.
I think it’s safe to say that Jackie Collins accomplished all of the goals she urged others to strive for in this letter.
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