Suzanne Somers advises Christina Applegate to use cancer to grow

Christina Applegate has received an outpouring of support since last week when she announced that she has breast cancer. It sounds like her prognosis is good and it was caught early. Fellow survivor Suzanne Somers wrote Applegate an encouraging open letter that was published in People. Somers made headlines back in 2001 when she decided to treat her cancer without chemotherapy, instead using radiation, surgery, a treatment made with a fermented mistletoe extract.

Dear Christina,

Cancer is scary, and lonely. You can’t ask anyone to make decisions for you because it’s just too heavy. There is a lot of ‘rush to treatment,’ when what you really need is time to research and think about how you want to approach this. Take your time Christina, there is no rush. Take your time and think it through. Use your cancer to learn and grow and as a force to work for you. You might choose to take an alternative approach. There are more options than the ones presented to you in the oncologist’s office. You will make it. The success and drive you have had in your career will be the same strengths you will use to win over this nasty disease. And I am here if you want to talk to someone who was ‘there.’

Suzanne Somers

[From People]

I always find it a little odd when someone chooses an open letter instead of writing – or speaking – to a person directly. But I would guess Christina isn’t really easy to get in touch with right now. And by writing her letter to People, Somers made others aware of some of the emotional issues of breast cancer. I like that she didn’t seem to force her views at all; she just simply pointed out that there are other treatments besides the traditional ones, and each person has to figure out what’s best for her. Somers appears to be in pretty good health, and certainly took a less-than-conventional route.

Here’s Christina shooting some beach scenes for her hit show “Samantha Who” in May. Images thanks to Fame. Header picture of Suzanne Somers from October 2005. Images thanks to PR Photos.

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  1. “Take your time” ?!??! That’s just ridiculous, maybe Christina Applegate’s cancer is in a worse state than hers and needs to be treated ASAP, how would anyone know? She should keep her “medical advice” to herself

  2. Tammy says:

    I think that by “take your time” she likely meant that you can take a week or two to do some research, maybe get a second opinion. Early stage breast cancer does not have to be treated immediately, it has been there for years most of the time, a few weeks will not make a difference unless you are late stage. Anyway, it is weird that she would write an open letter, very weird.

  3. KateNonymous says:

    An open letter is a more effective way to get her message out to the public. It’s a nice message, and I’m sure she believes what she says, but I wonder how much of this is about Christina Applegate and how much of it is about Suzanne Somers.

  4. candy says:

    Huh!I would rather she wrote me a letter and sent it to me, then had it post all over the world in a maz. Some people like to keep thing like this private. And if she was a friend a call are a visit would had been nice.I wish Chirstina a fast recovering and a heatlhy long life, and this goes to everyone else that is facing a most diffcult time like this! GOD BLESS, BE BLESS. 😀

  5. vdantev says:

    I see Suzanne is still devouring the souls of children to keep herself alive (in accordance with the pact she signed.)

  6. rabid fan says:

    Chrisina May God bless you and keep you well, I hope you have beaten this disease. I think it was cool for Suzanne Somers to offer some advice and give you someone to talk to about it with. 😥 😥 😥 😀 😀 😀 :wink:wink: 😉 😉 :

  7. Jen (the other one) says:

    Ugh. STFU, Suzanne…

  8. Ann says:

    What absolutely infuriates me is that anyone could be so disgusting and use an illness like this as a career booster. If you’re going to go public, do it with ALL the information. WHAT STAGE OF BREAST CANCER DID/DO YOU HAVE??? WERE YOU NODE POSITIVE?

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  12. Tom Wells says:

    Who wrote this?!?