Dame Sarah Connolly, an opera singer, was concerned that her voice would be affected by her breast cancer treatment.

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Dame Sarah Connolly, an opera singer, was concerned that her voice would be affected by her breast cancer treatment.

AN OPERA STAR was afraid that chemotherapy would take away her voice, but she decided to speak up about her struggle with breast cancer.

Mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly, 58, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2019, said she received a “outpouring of love and affection” after sharing her story with fellow artists. “People are pretty private about it,” she explained. But I’m afraid I don’t think I’m ashamed of this.” “I first thought, ‘Oh Sarah, you’re being a big diva now, stop it and get over it,'” she recalled of the chemo chemicals’ terrifying effect on her. But all I could think was, ‘No, I’m in a lot of pain here, this is terrible.’ She did, however, sing a recital following her first round of chemotherapy because of her “fighting spirit.”

“I felt like I was singing on 65 percent, like I had been punched hard in the gut,” she told anchor Lauren Laverne. Before I went on, I ran my hands through my hair and a clump came out.

“I thought to myself, ‘Don’t do that again, or you’ll have nothing left by halftime.'”

Dame Sarah’s desert island albums included Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven and David Bowie’s Rebel Rebel.

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