Some of us might have already made grandiose plans for the year ahead, likewise, the year ahead has most likely got lucky charms for all of us? Chance for successful realization or simply another chance for life is the question.
The rising star, Valisia LeKae, who plays Diana Ross in the Musical Broadway – ‘Motown’, had the most unusual start to the new year. The high created from the star’s promising acting-career , took a grounding turn after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2013.
The actress was six months into her run in the play when she found out the diagnosis, which proves her strength as a fighter. The life-changing news caused her to take a break from her busy entertaining, career considering her health as priority.
The talented diva made her way as a performer through the New York based Broadways: ‘Ragtime’, ‘110 in the Shade’ and ‘Almost Heaven: Songs and Stories of John Denver’ to the top –‘Motown’- The Musical.
‘Motown’, founded by Berry Gordy, who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more pop music icons, was four times nominated atin the Tony Awards: saluting excellence in Broadway theatre. Valisia LeKae herself was also nominated for the category: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical.
The Broadway actress has now been transferred to another show by the universal law, whose ‘producer is God himself’- with sense of humor she says. Still in high spirits the star addressed the public with an outspoken letter addressed to her fans and loved ones.
The news came as a surprise to LeKae, as she is far from the matches of a typical age and racial background of someone receiving this diagnosis. Determined to be stronger by her proposed analysis, she set with a plan in action. On December 19th , 2013 after successful surgery, only her right ovary was removed still enabling her to become a mother one day.
The 34 year old Afro-American singer regained her strength shortly, supported by her family, fans and colleagues from the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The cast of ‘Motown’- The Musical performed a song -“I Am Here” written for Valisia by Julius Thomas III of which was recorded on video and posted on her Twitter page.
Believing that her life-time mission is to spread happiness, she stood up on the social media platform to assure her fans she is positively viewing this. ‘Because I have spent my life entertaining and wanting to inspire people of all generations, I knew that God gave me this next assignment’ Valisia quotes.
The singer took a decision to share her personal story to the public in order to encourage and educate people. Delighted, Valisia expresses her appreciation of being alive that now prevails over her ambition for perfection. The stage make up replaced by her sincere smile, inspired by enjoyment of living ‘at the present moment’ says it all in a photo taken in the hospital.
The bravery she demonstrates in her outspoken letter impresses even her doctor David Fishman, Director of the National Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Program (NOCEDP) at Mount Sinai Hospital who is more than positive about her recovery. The singer recently endured her second of six rounds of chemotherapy.
Valisia’s case provokes admiration across the public leaving only room for respect. More than ever she is determined to complete her mission and from 22,000 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer annually, she intends to join the name-list of those who survive.
Her recovery from surgery and chemotherapy will continue through April.
‘The one thing I can honestly say is that since my diagnosis, I have been the happiest I have ever been in my life’.
How much acting skills from theater could help on the stage of life?