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Sheryl Crow: Life After Cancer

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Almost six months after being cancer-free, Sheryl Crow is “the happiest I’ve been in years.” The singer, who’s touring the U.S. with John Mayer, says that having breast cancer redefined her life. “I think it was a great release for me, just going through the experience. It s what you do with the experience that really defines who you become.”

So, how is she different now? “I let go of a lot of the pressure I used to put on myself. I was very self-critical and I also was a person who would never say no to anything,” she told us a recent Estée Lauder breast-cancer benefit in Beverly Hills. “I was conscious at all times of making sure everybody was happy before myself, and now I ve just made it a practice to say ‘no’ once a day, just for the exercise of it!

Though Crow – who wears a custom-made gold bracelet with the words “Breathe” and “That which does not kill me makes me stronger” as well as her diagnosis date inscribed on it as a spiritual reminder – is already looking forward to celebrating her one-year anniversary. “It depends where I’m at in my life,” she says. “I might take a trip.”