Singer Sheryl Crow took one of life's "Detours"—the name she has given to her new album—after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, the Telegraph reports. She now says that serious illness always brings a lesson: “For me, it was to quit worrying about what people thought about me.” Having left cyclist Lance Armstrong, she filled her life with female friends and adopted a son with "incredible fearlessness."
Now “cancer free," she is careful with her diet and dedicated to living as carbon-free as possible. She has also reconnected with ex-producer Bill Bottrell to forge "Detours" from the creative well of spirited jam sessions. At age 45, she says she's ready to create again. Having a son "just created this crazy urgency in me to write," she says. "It sounds very woo-woo to say, but when you have a kid, you realize that this little soul is depending on you for everything."