So Thankful for my Surgeons! | Reviewer: Carol | 5/10/14

I just want to say to all surgeons, and especially to my surgeon and plastic surgeon - Thank you for cutting into my skin and thank you for cutting into my body and thank you for all your encouragement so that my soul can go on! If it weren't for my surgeons and for the Grace of God, I may not be here today. I don't think she meant it in a negative way. As a cancer survivor, who just walked in the Race for the Cure this morning in my city, I can say that I have awesome surgeons who dedicate their lives to helping women with breast cancer. I'm sure Melissa feels the same way. Thank you to my surgeons and also to Melissa for this touching but strong song.

Melissa ... You rock! | Reviewer: Patricia | 7/5/13

Dear doctor ... It's not about you. I hope the dear doctor has realized that over the years.

It's about the helplessness and hopefulness ... I cried like a baby when I heard Melissa sing this song a couple of days ago at Ravinia ... The song touched me to the core ... Tears of the sadness that i have felt ever since the diagnosis, things that i just haven't expressed ... Fear comes and goes but thankfully so does great joy and hope.

Thanks Melissa!

Tears | Reviewer: Laura Hunnemeder-Bergfelt | 5/14/13

I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Although I did what I need to do to take care of myself, such as radiation, etc, I sometimes find myself going through the motions of my life with fear, that one day, the darkness will once again emerge. Today, I woke up and walked into the bathroom to brush my teeth with an organic brand of toothpaste. Last year, I made some changes that I thought would help, such as changing toothpaste brands, from Crest to an organic paste. Today, I wanted to use Crest. I sometimes get tired...of living my life in fear of that darkness may come back if I stop fighting, even if its just for a moment, to live. I try to be the example, to be positive, to encourage others to survive, to show others how striving for excellence can make the difference. I just recently heard "I run for Life" on the radio. I think Melissa has a real understanding of what it is like to have fear around cancer...and how running for life can change the world, even if it is just one person at a time. Thank you Melissa.

I just finished radiation on my left breast | Reviewer: Carol | 2/25/13

This song means a lot to me I will sing it at a cancer suriver party this June. I was
Told my cancer was small stage one and did not spread but needed 33 treatments of radiation it's been tough but I got finished. Yes I am blessed and lucky but it is still the word I feared all my life cancer. Nobody understands till they get that telephone call from your doctor and you are never the same you worry your scared even tho you are told to be positive . I love music and love to sing thats What got me through it and the support and the love of my husband who went to work an hour eariler each day and drive an hour each way so I would not be alone and took me everyday that's love. The support of my two wonderful children a son and daughter and some close friends.Music makes me happy so when you feel scared or down just sing a song and you will be just fine and if you can"t sing anyway its good therphy.

Loosing Someone You Love Most | Reviewer: Aiyana | 12/4/12

Loosing someone you love most is very heartbroken I know that because it happened to me 6 months ago and it still feel like it happend just yesterday and BLESS THE FAMILIES THAT LOST THEIR FAMILY I KNOW IT FEELS LIKE IT HAS A BIG HOLE IN YOUR HEART AND I FEEL FOR Y'ALL PEOPLE AND FAMILIES THAT LOST SOMEONE THAT WAS SO CLOSE TO THEM BUT WE ALWAYS ASK WHY TO THE LORD AND WE ARE. EING SELFISH AND DON'T KNOW IT I KNOW HOW WE ARE BEING SELFISH WE ARE BEING SELFISH BYus crying and asking for them to come back my aunt passed 1 week and 1 day after birthday she had a dream her and her sister had the same dream they just didn't know who was dying they just talk to each other for the last time in their dreams R.I.P Aunt Tootie

The surgeon doesn't get it | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/21/11

To the surgeon who thought Melissa missed the point with the line, "And they cut into my skin and they cut into my body, but they will never get a piece of my soul," you take her too literally and completely missed her point. What no one but a cancer patient understands is that from the moment you’re diagnosed, and even before that, you are poked and prodded by Dr’s, nurses and technicians; stuck repeatedly with needles and IV’s; cut open by surgeons (sometimes repeatedly); poisoned with chemo; burned with radiation; and suffer the side effects of those treatments for days, months and sometimes years afterward. And each time you sit down in that chemo chair or lay down on that radiation table, you feel like a lamb being led to the slaughter. Every time you look at yourself in the mirror and see a total stranger, you wonder how this could have happened to you. But you do it because you know that these Dr’s and nurses aren’t doing it to torture you (though it often feels like it); but to save your life. And you do it because you have family, friends and loved ones who want and need you in their lives. You do it because you want to live. But still, it tears you apart. It repeatedly beats you to the ground physically and mentally and there are days when you think you can’t get up. But you do because although they can make you sick and cause you pain, they can’t take your soul. Your spirit. Your inner strength. And that’s what she means by the lyric.

awesome song! | Reviewer: Britnney | 8/15/11

I'm only 12, and no, i have never had cancer. But alot of people in my family have, my mom, my grandma, my great grandma, and my aunt just got rid of it! I learnt about cancer and the toll it has on every when I really little, because it was something that just came with being born into this family. Every year, my family puts together a team and enters the REALLAY FOR LIFE put on by the CANADIEN CANCER SOCIETY. We raise any where between $1,000.00 to $5,000.00. Next year will be our 6th year! This song is really inspiering to any one at any age. I can't remember a time where i didn't know this song and only today found out who it was from. My mom is always singing it and I am thinking of performing it foer my school talent show. This is such a touching song even if I am young and have never had cancer. I feel like we all no some one who has and in some way been affected by it. No matter what, I will always find time to raise moner and walk or run for this cause. It's verry close to my heart and it always will be!

Breast Cancer Awareness for Young Women | Reviewer: Lorna Larsen | 9/28/10

Amazing...I lost my daughter (Shanna) to breast cancer at the age of 24. I am now President of Team Shan Breast Cancer Awareness for Young Women ( I Run for Life inspires the young women I speak to at high schools and on college and university campuses. It gives us all hope! Thank you!!

Amazing! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/3/10

I have always been a fan of Melissa's & have thought she was amazing then, but now; after everything that she has been through, she is so much more. Being a woman that hasn't had to physically experience this damn disease but has had to see many of my family pass because of it, she is an inspiration to every woman. Well done Melissa once again.

inspirational | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/21/09

My mother and grandmother are both breast cancer survivors...we just completed the race for the cure in our tri-state area and it is such a big inspiration to see so many gathered together for the cause...for all the mothers,daughters, sisters, friends, aunts, grandmothers, nieces...i will run for life

Testify!! | Reviewer: jennifer boyd | 3/2/09

To the idiots who think she was saying to keep the cancer in...WTF??? As a a survivor, I truly KNOW what she means...the cancer takes over your body, often requiring surgery, sometimes the removal of a breast...this DOES NOT make the person lesser in any way...THIS is what she means by "They cut into my body, but they won't take a piece of my soul". This is the most uplifting amazing is about hope, about women who have made the hard journey, some surviving, some not, but their stories living on, teaching and inspiring others to fight and survive. If my life were a movie, this would be my theme song. Every year, I run for hope...if my doing a cancer marathon can raise money and awareness, then I plan to keep running too. Rock on Melissa, sing loud and proud for all of us!

clear understanding | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/11/08

Melissa Etheridge did not mean that she wanted the cancer to stay in her body. just because she says "they cut into my skin and they cut into my body" doesn't mean she wanted the cancer to stay in her body. so i don't understand where you are getting that from. she is just saying that they can take out her cancer but they can't take out who she is as a person. it has nothing to do with the surgeon.

clear understanding | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/11/08

this is a response a response to surgery saves lives. melissa etheridge didn't say that she didn't want the cancer out of her body. shes saying that yes they did take the cancer out but they can't take her as a human being. it has nothing to do with the surgery itself.

Its not about the surgeon | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/3/08

I get the reference "they cut into my skin..." One of the most important lessons I have learned from those with cancer, is that as a loved one, it is important to remember that it is not about you. When my father had cancer, and eventually died, I first thought about thow it would effect me. I did no talk about this openly, but deep down inside, I felt guilty about being selfish and worrying how it would effect me. Then a dear friend told me, the cancer is not yours, it is not about you, it is about your father. I learned it did him no good for me to worry about myself, and more importantly, it did me no good. Once I learned this, I felt I was better able to focus on him, and not feel like a victim.

The cancer is not about you as the surgeon. The patient owns their experience, there is no room for the ego of the loved ones, the care givers even the surgeon. The expereince of going through cancer may feel helpless, people violating their body.

Surgery Saves Lives | Reviewer: Surgery Saves Lives | 9/19/08

I would just like to commend on the lyrics of this song. Unlike previous commentator, my least favorite lyric of this song is "THEY cut into my skin, THEY cut into my body, but THEY'LL never take my soul." As surgeons, we are trying to remove cancer and save lives. Did she want us to leave it in?! Maybe, Ms Etheridge should reword the lyrics to blame the cancer and not the people dedicating their lives to saving the lives of others.