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Women 2day: What we can learn from Madonna's BRITS fall

How Madonna turned a catastrophe into a valuable life lesson

Madonna taking a tumble onstage at the Brits last week(Image: PA)

You would probably have to have been living under a rock to have missed Madonna’s spectacular return to the limelight at last week's BRIT Awards.

But for those of you that did, let me refresh your memory.

For the 30 years that she has been dominating the pop world, Madonna has always been the epitome of poise, professionalism and control. Some might even have called her bullet-proof because of how untouchable she has proved herself to be over the years.

So to watch her suffer a massively embarrassing fall off stage during a hotly anticipated comeback performance , in front of millions of people came as a bit of a shock to say the least.

The 56-year-old had been performing her new track Living For Love when she suddenly fell off the podium after struggling to untie her cape. There was a dreadful moment in which the audience seemed to fall silent as she plunged to the ground with a huge thump. This was by no means just a little trip, and you couldn’t help but wince at how hard she hit the floor.

But even though the tumble itself seemed to have been out of her control, the speed at which Madonna recovered from the escapade was almost majestic, taking barely 10 seconds to get up, carry on with the next line and pull off a stellar performance with aplomb.

“I’m not giving up, I’m gonna carry on,” she sang ironically before resuming the rest of the choreography and song perfectly, delivering a triumphant finish.

Of course, Twitter was soon rife with hateful hashtags like #shefellover, #Fallenmadonna, but she responded the next day with a simple statement: ‘My beautiful cape was tied too tight! But nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up! Thanks for your good wishes! I’m fine!”

I’ve always felt fairly apathetic towards Madonna, aside from liking the odd song, but I found her reaction to what was probably up there with one of the most embarrassing moments of her life, extremely impressive.

And whether or not it all really was a publicity stunt, which has been speculated in the media, I can’t help but admire anyone who can pick themselves up from a situation like that and bounce back as if nothing happened virtually straight away.

When you think about it, shouldn't we all be applying the same philosophy to life, by taking a leaf out of Madonna’s book?

Picking yourself up and carrying on after life knocks you down is not an easy task to accomplish, but it is a necessary one if we ever want to reach our full potential.

Life is full of ups and downs, and nothing is ever plain sailing, but why should we allow the bad times to bring us down to the point where we feel defeated enough to not get back up again?

Do what Madonna did, accept what’s happened, pick up the pieces and keep going.

  • LAST week I wrote that I was supporting Lucy Rushton’s campaign to change cervical cancer screening laws to allow all women to be able to ask for a smear test regardless of whether they are due one, if their GP agrees.

Lucy, 27, was refused a smear test, despite having had previous history of pre-cancerous cells and suffering unbearable pain, because she wasn’t due one for another few years.

Even though her GP said she should would benefit from having a test, the laboratory refused to give her one and Lucy ended up having to pay for a private test, which confirmed her fears - she had early stage cervical cancer.

Because of her experience, Lucy is now supporting a petition to get the law changed, set up by the family of Sorcha Glenn, who died after being consistently denied a test, despite having a family history of cervical cancer.

The petition needs 100,000 signatures before the issue can get discussed in the House of Commons, and as grateful as I am to all the many Women 2day readers for signing it, at 60,537, we still need more.

At present, women in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are not allowed a smear test before the age of 25. This is because the Advisory Committee on Cervical Cancer Screening (ACCS) say that cervical cancer is rare in women under 25, and that cell abnormalities in younger women usually go away of their own accord.

Sending young women for further tests and treatment increased the likelihood of the woman having premature births if she went on to have children, and could cause significant anxiety, they believe.

This is why Lucy says: “We’re not asking to change the age of smear tests, nor for more frequent routine tests. Our campaign is purely to consider a slight adjustment in the procedures.

“Cancer doesn’t follow NHS guidelines and can develop a lot quicker than in the five years you have to wait in between smears,” she explained. “The doctors and the hospital staff who treated me were fantastic and this is in no way a reflection of them or the NHS as a whole. It is a slight tweak to the strict rules within the smear test legislation that doesn’t allow GPs to treat their patients effectively and eliminate problems at the beginning, rather than letting it get out of control and become more costly to the NHS and dangerous for the patient.”

  • Please sign the petition here: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/71435
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