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Singer Beth Nielsen Chapman on her Music & Recovery from Breast Cancer

Beth Nielsen Chapman is a renowned American singer and songwriter, who has written hits for country and pop music performers. She has been twice nominated for Grammy awatds and has released thirteen solo albums and written seven #1 hits and songs.

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Recently inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, Beth is a breast cancer survivor and an environmentalist. She considers herself a creative midwife, passionate about inspiring others to fully blossom into their creative life. She has been invited to be an Ambassador for the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation. www.tbhef.org

Renowned Singer & songwriter, Beth Chapman in her interview with Ms. Namita Nayyar, President, Women Fitness shares her journey as a artist & breast cancer survivor.

Congratulations, for being inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame? You define yourself as a breast cancer survivor and environmentalist and feel proud of being a creative midwife, passionate about inspiring others to fully blossom into their creative life. How does it make you feel?

Beth Nielsen Chapman:

I would say all of the above makes me feel incredibly grateful. Even the rough spots I have come through have given me a perspective and a confidence that I’ll be ok whatever life hands me —that I never take for granted.  I am particularly grateful to be a part of helping others recognize their inherent value as creative points of light.

Creativity has been the center of my life and I feel like it’s the fuel of happiness for most people and it’s truly a joy to help those who have felt cut off from the creative flow that’s all around them.   

As mentioned You “found this tiny lump in my breast in late 1998. It was no bigger than a lentil and rather hard to find but you could feel it.” When was that, how long has it been seen you recovered?

Beth Nielsen Chapman:

Unfortunately, I was not in touch with how important it was for me to really medically have determined the lump in my breast was “nothing “. I went to my gynecologist when I first felt it and he did a mammogram which came back supposedly not showing anything. At which time he basically said something like “it’s probably nothing “.  By the time it was correctly diagnosed it had been another stretch of time of almost 2 years and had become stage two which made my diagnosis much more serious. If only I had known to insist on a needle aspiration or ultrasound during that first visit.

I was incredibly lucky to have only had a lump ectomy and to find out that it had not spread to my lymph nodes. I underwent three months of intense chemotherapy and 6 1/2 weeks of radiation and have since made a full recovery and have made it one of my personal goals to let as many people as possible know the importance of going to a breast specialist with a lump in your breast because many gynaecologist are not trained with the same intensity around following up on all of the aspects to make sure it’s not cancer.

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