Grammy-winning singer Trisha Yearwood hosts a luncheon at her home to lift the spirits of cancer survivors, a disease that claimed her dear mother's life.
Ever since her mother succumbed to breast cancer in 2011, Grammy-winning singer, Trisha Yearwood took it upon herself to raise awareness about this disease. It wasn't a promise Yearwood made to her mother on her deathbed that drove her to be a part of this noble cause, but it was definitely the way her parents' Jack and Gwen Yearwood brought her up. Over the years, the 54-year-old artist had worked towards raising money for people with breast cancer in many public ways. However, it was her recent private act of kindness that has got everyone talking.
Teaming up with the American Cancer Society and JCPenney, Yearwood hosted an intimate lunch at her home in Nashville for 14 breast cancer survivors from the area. According to PEOPLE, the women found themselves sharing the stories of their battle with cancer over a selection of healthy dishes prepared from the singer's famous cookbooks. Sitting in her sunroom, Yearwood spoke about how terrible a cancer diagnosis is for someone, ahead of the event. And despite it being a life-altering disease she added, "but the thing that is positive is the community it forms, of people coming together."
"And so this is just a celebration of that — of the good part," she continued. Yearwood believed that her mother "would have loved" this effort and especially the luncheons which were created keeping her mother's memories in mind. In order to feel her presence in the due course of the meal, the singer purposely included a "chickless" pot pie she had developed to honor her mom. "She adopted a plant-based diet when she was going through treatment," said Yearwood recalled, "and I think it gave her a lot of extra time, and good time."
Have you stopped by one of our Pink Zones yet? 💕 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we are donating a portion of all items bought in these zones to American Cancer Society, including $2 from Trisha Yearwood's new Every Girl CD. https://t.co/4TgjG1KXCB pic.twitter.com/bqgLkawtg2— JCPenney (@jcpenney) 11 September 2019
When the luncheon came to an end, Yearwood couldn't help but appreciate her guests' gratitude towards her generous gesture. "These ladies were thanking me for having them at my house for a meal," she said adding, "but really, I just wanted to thank them for sharing their lives with me for just a little bit, and allowing me to be a part of their journey in a small way." Moved by the women's "strength and resilience", Yearwood shared how one of her attendees learned about her diagnosis when she was nine weeks’ pregnant.
Instead of giving up hope, the woman stayed strong and endured the excruciating chemotherapy and went on to deliver a healthy baby and thankfully was now free of cancer. Another concerned woman pushed the doctor to run a few more tests after a mammogram and ultrasound test showed no cause for concern. Due to her persistence, "she was right and an MRI confirmed her suspicions," reported Yearwood. The latter's account emphasized Yearwood's beliefs that "you’re your best advocate. You know your body better than anyone else. Our generation is better than our parents were because they thought, 'I'm not going to say anything if the doctor doesn’t notice anything.'"
Despite being inspired by her mother's fighting spirit, Yearwood wished that her mother had been more observant about her breast health. "She was a woman who hadn’t been to a gynecologist since I was born," she said. "It’s so important to push awareness and do this for yourself, to go get your checkup once a year."