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JIC Post:From RainbowNetworkMelissa Etheridge has said that she has beaten breast cancer and is now fully recovered."I'm cancer free, totally cancer free. I stand before you a completely healthy person," the 44-year-old lesbian icon said in an interview with US television show Extra.The award winning singer announced on 8 October 2004 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, cancelling a planned 11 date, seven city tour.The singer said it was important to have her partner, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels, by her side every step of the way."At the end of the whole thing, I came home to a bouquet that said 'in sickness and in health', and she means it," Etheridge said. "The love and support of someone like that is worth all the money in the world." Etheridge and Michaels were ‘married’ in 2003 when California introduced its domestic partner law.Etheridge went on to say that she and Michaels were planning on having a baby through artificial insemination, but said that singer David Crosby, the biological father of her two other children, would not be involved.Before meeting Michaels, the two-time Grammy award winner was with Julie Cypher for 12 years and had two children together, Bailey and Becket.Etheridge and Cypher split up in 2000 but continue to share custody of their children.Michaels, 28, is best known for playing high-maintenance princess Nicole Julian on the now defunct series Popular and had a recurring role in lesbian drama series The L Word and appeared in the film D.E.B.S.Etheridge released her last album, Lucky, in February 2004 and has a greatest hits collection coming out in October.
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