Un-Break Her Heart
Toni Braxton Faces Her Heart Disease With Courage
But Schulz also wants to make sure that women see a physician to check out
the symptoms. "You always want to balance your right-brain intuition with
left-brain fact," she says, suggesting that women develop and trust their
intuitive awareness by discussing these subjects with friends, counselors, or
spiritual advisors or going to doctors who specialize in emotional issues.
For Braxton, her biggest hit, "Un-Break My Heart," has taken on
special meaning. "I always hear older people saying, 'When you sing songs,
they actually become your life,'" she says. After her bout with
pericarditis and healing her own heart, she's helping other women prevent the
breakage in the first place. For Braxton, it's now all about harmony. The proof
is her newest album, titled Libra -- her astrological sign, symbolized
by the scales of balance.
But Braxton emphasizes that paying attention should apply not only to heart
disease but to any illness. She's especially gratified when fans follow up with
her. "Often they'll say, 'I went to the doctor and got myself checked
out,'" she says. "It makes me feel good."