I’ve been a fan of Kellie Pickler ever since she appeared on American Idol several years ago with her big country grin and an honest naiveté that just made me smile.
She didn’t win American Idol but she’s since gone on to carve out a very nice career in country music. She can sing. She’s cute and sweet and has the dumb blond act down to an art form – only I don’t really think she’s stupid at all.
In fact, I think she’s nothing short of amazing = and she’s pretty courageous, to boot. While she gained her fame for her singing, it will be her heart that America will remember. Not only has she made several USO tours to entertain the troops in combat zones, she shocked her fans earlier this week by shaving off her gorgeous blond hair.
Did she do it to get attention? You bet. But for all the RIGHT reasons. She shaved her head to support her longtime friend, Summer Holt Miller, who is battling breast cancer.
In an article Kellie said that she hopes her gesture will make life a little easier for her friend. Summer, however, believes that Kellie’s gesture reaches far beyond her life. “If this compels even one person to change their mentality toward waiting until the age of 40 for their mammogram, then it will be worth it…”
According to recent studies, about 1 in 8 U.S. women (just under 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. The good news is, if caught early, it can be treated.
So, are you getting your mamograms on a schedule your doctor suggests? If not, why not?
What do you think of Kellie Pickler’s gesture? And what do you think of her bald head? I think she’s beautiful – heart and soul, with or without hair. Just like her friend Summer who I wish a speedy recovery.