Christina Applegate recalled the initial loneliness of receiving her breast cancer diagnosis.
“I think when you get diagnosed with cancer, there’s such a sense of loneliness, but we need to know as people going through this is that you’re not alone,” Applegate said during a behind-the-scenes interview for her new PSA for Stand Up to Cancer and Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
Fortunately, when the 42-year-old “Anchorman” actress learned she had breast cancer in 2008 and underwent a bilateral mastectomy, she found a village of support, including three women – “my three survivor friends” – she met through her physicians.
“Our doctors understood that we, as cancer survivors or patients, are the ones that really understand one another on a deep cellular level,” she said, choking back tears. “I had these three strangers in my life who I called up at any time of the night and they would be there for me and answer any questions that I have.”
Cancer-free since the double mastectomy, the former “Married With Children” star is paying forward the support she received by talking to fellow breast cancer patients and survivors.
“I always get really nervous right before I get on the phone, because I think that this person might need to hear something different than the girl I talked to two weeks ago,” Applegate said in the interview. “But the one thing that helped me was, ‘I’m here for you,’ so that you never feel alone
To this day, Applegate still talks to her trio of women, and not always about cancer.
“Not talking about cancer every time they saw me was nice sometimes,” she said. “You wanted to be reminded that you’re much more than that in life, and you really are.”
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Christina Applegate knows how lucky she is.
When the actress and all-around funny lady was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, she managed to catch it early, largely because her doctor suggested further testing beyond the usually-recommended mammogram. “I had gotten a mammogram every year from the time I was 30 years old,” Applegate told me when we spoke on the phone last week. “And my doctor finally said, ‘You know, I can’t see. It’s too dense in there. We need to go deeper.’ And we did, and I had cancer.” It was an MRI that revealed her diagnosis, and a series of other tests that identified, among other things, that Applegate is a carrier of the BRCA gene, which denotes a much higher susceptibility for developing breast and ovarian cancer. (It’s the gene that Angelina Jolie’s doctors also identified, leading the actress, like Applegate, to get a double mastectomy.)
But Applegate wasn’t just lucky because of her doctor’s suspicion, or because he was able to identify her cancer when he did. She was also lucky because she was able to do all this testing without suffering serious financial hardship. Most, if not all of the testing, is usually not covered by insurance. For many, many individuals, it isn’t financially feasible, so they don’t even have the opportunity to know their own risk. (BRCA testing alone can be as much as $5,000.) It was with this in mind that in 2009 Applegate launched Right Action for Women, a donation-based charitable organization that helps provide financial assistance for MRIs and other testing, as well as education for women who might be at high-risk for breast cancer.
For October, Right Action for Women (or RAW) is teaming up for the third year in a row with fitness brand ASICS to help raise breast cancer awareness through a line of pink workout clothes and sneakers. The company has pledged a minimum of $100,000 of proceeds to RAW. And since Applegate envisions her organization as the ultimate destination for high-risk women in need and cancer survivors alike, its collaborations like this could very well make that a reality (all the while helping bring more attention to her important cause).
But while the actress has committed to paying it forward, her own personal story is still, for lack of a better word, raw. She opened up to us about how her perspective on her own body and life has evolved since her diagnosis and surgeries, not to mention since becoming a mom—and how this very honest outlook has propelled RAW forward.
What drew you to partner with ASICS and to keep that collaboration going?
It’s been [about] their dedication to what I’m doing and their belief in what I’m doing with Right Action for Women. Their support has been invaluable. They have provided hundreds of women with MRIs by having RAW be the beneficiary these last three years. I’m still moved by them, that they keep wanting to partner with us because they believe in what I’m doing, and it’s really, really cool. (Not what I’m personally doing, but what the foundation is doing and what we provide.) I’m really grateful.
You’ve previously said that post-diagnosis, you became more conscious about your diet and well-being. So is it intentional that the company you’ve chosen to work with is a fitness and wellness company?
You know, they approached me because of that so it just seemed like a perfect fit. Of course, it’s a company that deals with fitness and getting out there and being healthy, and heart-healthy, and taking care of yourself—which we all try to do. We slip and slide here and there, but we do the best we can. [But it’s] their commitment to breast cancer awareness, their commitment to changing their entire line for a whole month, that’s really a testament to the kind of people that run that company.
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