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Nielsen: Breast cancer has strengthened me



Published: Fri, November 2, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Nielsen: Breast cancerhas strengthened me

DENVER -- Dr. Jerri Nielsen, who treated her own breast cancer for months while stationed at the South Pole two years ago, said the disease has made her stronger.

"I would rather not have it. But the cancer is part of me. It's given my life color and texture. Everyone has to get something. Some people are ugly, some people are stupid. I get cancer," she said at the launch of the 2001-2002 Denver Distinguished Lecture Series on Tuesday night.

Dr. Nielsen was working at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica when she found a lump in her breast. She treated herself until temperatures increased enough for a plane to safely retrieve her and bring her back to the United States.

"The thing you learn at the South Pole is that you need everybody," she said. A machinist helped Dr. Nielsen with her IV and test slides, and a welder helped with her diagnosis and chemotherapy.

Travolta and Jacksonget back to 'Basic'

John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson are teaming for another movie, but don't expect them to reprise their famed "royale with cheese" discussion from "Pulp Fiction."

The two, who haven't worked together since the 1995 Quentin Tarantino-directed juggernaut, will star in a new military suspense thriller, "Basic," to be shot in Jacksonville, Fla.

Filming starts Nov. 26 and will continue for 12 weeks at a former Navy air station. Production will wrap up in early March.

Travolta will play an agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration who comes to an Army basic training camp to investigate the disappearance of an Army Ranger instructor played by Jackson.

Johnny Cash suffersbout of bronchitis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Singer Johnny Cash is back in the hospital with bronchitis. Cash, 69, was listed in stable condition, Baptist Hospital spokeswoman Melissa Cantrell said Wednesday night. He had been released from the hospital Oct. 22 after two weeks of treatment for bronchitis. The singer of "A Boy Named Sue" and many other country hits suffers from autonomic neuropathy, a disease of the nervous system that makes him susceptible to pneumonia. He has been hospitalized with it four times since 1998. Cash's other hits include "I Walk the Line" and "Sunday Morning Coming Down."

Cindy Crawford designsgear for moms-to-be

NEW YORK -- Supermodel Cindy Crawford is collaborating on the designs for Babystyle.com, an online maternity site.

The maternity site began selling its upscale fashions this week at four Bloomingdale's stores, including the company's New York flagship. The company, which also distributes its own catalog, has plans to roll out the collection at other retailers.

About 150 people showed up for Crawford's hourlong appearance at Bloomingdale's New York store Tuesday night.

Finding maternity clothes "can be so overwhelming," said Crawford, who has two young children. "It's like a subculture."

She's the spokeswoman for eStyle, the umbrella company that markets Babystyle.com and Kidstyle.com, which sells toddlers' clothes and toys.

Radiohead takes honors at Q magazine awards

The complex and often cryptic art rockers Radiohead have been voted the world's best band at the annual Q music awards, reports The Melbourne Age.

The band -- which topped both British and U.S. charts last year with its Grammy-winning album "Kid A" -- beat R.E.M., U2 and British bands Manic Street Preachers, Stereophonics and Travis to take the prize, chosen by readers of Britain's Q magazine.

Past Q awards ceremonies, held at London's posh Park Lane hotel, have seen boisterous behavior by some attendees. But this year, the present-day chart-toppers were upstaged by John Lydon -- formerly Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols -- who received the "Inspiration" award for his influence on music.

Today's birthdays

Country singer Charlie Walker is 75. Rhythm-and-blues singer Earl "Speedo" Carroll (The Cadillacs; The Coasters) is 64. Commentator and political figure Patrick J. Buchanan is 63. Actress Stefanie Powers is 59. Author Shere Hite is 59. Rock musician Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) is 57. Singer-songwriter K.D. Lang is 40. Rock musician Bobby Dall (Poison) is 38. Actor David Schwimmer is 35. Rhythm-and-blues singer Alvin Chea (Take 6) is 34. Rock musician John Hampson (Nine Days) is 30. Rapper Prodigy (Mobb Deep) is 27.




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