Cancer’s no respecter of fame or fortune, and stars who battle the illness face the same daunting prospect of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery as anyone else. But, like many other cancer survivors, Julia Louis-Dreyfus was determined to give her health battle everything she had, without forgetting the many people who don’t have all of the privileges she enjoys.
The former Seinfeld star was diagnosed with breast cancer in September, initially breaking the news to fans on Twitter. “1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one,” she explained. “The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.”
Since then, the 57-year-old has been giving fans regular updates on her treatment, clearly determined to be as upbeat as possible throughout the whole ordeal. She’s just now revealed that she’s undergone her first major surgery to remove the cancer, posting happy snap to Instagram to celebrate surmounting that hurdle.
Typically, she’s as defiant as ever in the face of the illness.
“Hoorah! Great doctors, great results, feeling happy and ready to rock after surgery,” she wrote. “Hey cancer, ‘F*** you!’ Here’s my first post-op photo.”
Fans were quick to send their well-wishes to the mother-of-two, including others fighting cancer themselves. One said: “Looking great! I’m 5 days post lumpectomy and mammoplasty! I currently don’t look quite as glam as you! You give me hope”. Another comment read: “That’s good news Julia! My aunt in Florida is still battling breast cancer via chemo. Stay strong and keep positive,” while a third added: “Much love from yet another breast cancer survivor. We are there for each other”.
Looking great!I’m 5 days post lumpectomy and mammoplasty!I currently don’t look quite as glam as you!???? You give me hope!!x
— Salfle (@salfle) February 14, 2018
Much love from yet another breast cancer survivor. We are there for each other.
— Marlie Oden (@MarlieOden) February 14, 2018
It’s not the first time the award-winning actress has vowed to beat cancer. Just before Christmas, the Veep star posted a photo of herself getting a blood transfusion. “Getting ready for the holidays with my awesome Xmas cocktail,” she joked.
She even dressed up as a gangster when completing her second round of chemotherapy, this time using colourful language to explain that the disease wouldn’t beat her. “Chemo #2: finite. We are NOT f****** around here,” she said, before quoting some inspirational fighting songs.
Her latest health updates come after her former co-star Jerry Seinfeld hinted that the popular 90s show Julia appeared in could soon be making a comeback. Speaking on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the 63-year-old hinted that it was “possible” the show would return. Given that an array of other popular shows such as Will and Grace, Full House, Roseanne and Cold Feet have successfully been rebooted, he admitted that many fans would like the idea he’d previously ruled out.
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