Singer and actress Melba Moore says her pain is gone and now she’s on top of the world.
When Melba Moore recorded her 2013 single, “What Can I Do to Survive,” the iconic singer and actress couldn’t help but think that it could serve as a theme song for her own life, with the physical and emotional challenges she’s overcome.
With her scale-defying voice and incredible stage presence, few of Melba Moore’s fans realized that, for years as she was performing on Broadway and recording chart-topping songs, she was also battling intense arthritis pain in her left knee and right hip.
“I became an expert at putting up a good front when I was on stage performing,” she says.
Melba established herself as a triple threat in the 1960s and ’70s, and she’s still commanding stages and drawing fans with her singing, dancing and acting. Her first big break came in 1967 when she joined the cast of Hair on Broadway, and was later asked to take the lead role vacated by Diane Keaton. Melba went on to star in the 1970 musical Purlie, which led to her Tony award.
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It’s hard to believe that Cindy Lane Ross has been dealing with serious health issues most of her life. A fitness instructor and nutritionist, she owns a 12,000-square-foot fitness center with 14 personal trainers, plus two fitness clothing lines (including one for joint support at medicalfitnesssolutions.com), a website design company, and online fitness and nutrition program (cindylaneross.com). She also regularly appears in nutrition and fitness segments on the local Fox station in her hometown of Mobile, Ala.
Cindy, now 37, was diagnosed at 22 with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), was nearly 100 pounds overweight at one point, and recently was diagnosed with osteoporosis. With each new challenge, she steps up and takes control.
She played professional tennis until she was diagnosed with RA. “My tennis career came to a screeching halt,” Cindy says. “I was depressed and had no clue what I wanted to do with my life.” The pounds crept on, accelerating during the four years she cared for her mother. When her mother died in 2006, Cindy, at 5 feet, 6 inches tall, topped the scales at 220.
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