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Melissa rocks.

I was thrilled to get my new Advocate and see Melissa Etheridge on the cover ["Strength, Love, and Rock 'n' Roll," October 25]. What a remarkable woman she is! Through all her trials and tribulations, she still manages to inspire. What a better world this is with her in it.

VICKI BELL Kansas City, Me.

I'm thrilled that Melissa Etheridge is recovering from her bout with breast cancer, and I'm certainly glad that she has raised awareness of this horrible disease. I myself am a BC survivor, having undergone six rounds of chemo and seven weeks of radiation. While it certainly wasn't a "walk in the park," my experience and the experience of many other women has not been as devastating as Melissa's. Perhaps her message regarding her treatment should be tempered with the acknowledgment that everyone is different and may not experience the same degree of difficulty. At this time chemotherapy and radiation are the best weapons we have to fight this disease. And although it wasn't the easiest thing in the world to get through, it was "doable," and if I had to, I'd go through it all again.

ROSANNE HOMZIE Rochester, N.Y.
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Title Annotation:FROM THE READERS
Author:Homzie, Rosanne
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Nov 22, 2005
Words:196
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