Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus revealed Thursday that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Taking to Instagram to share the news directly with her fans, the 56-year-old Seinfeld alum wrote, “1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one.”
She continued optimistically, adding, “The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union.”
However, she realizes that’s not the case for everyone who gets a similar diagnosis. “The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality,” she wrote in the note, which she captioned, “Just when you thought…”
Fans were quick to send support through the comments section. Some even shared their own experiences with the disease. Her Veep family and other Hollywood friends tweeted their love too.
HBO, meanwhile, offered their well wishes in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, saying, “Our love and support go out to Julia and her family at this time. We have every confidence she will get through this with her usual tenacity and undaunted spirit, and look forward to her return to health and to HBO for the final season of Veep.”
If you’d like to do more to support people with breast cancer, check out breastcancer.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer to those who need it, while also “help[ing] women and their loved ones make sense of the complex medical and personal information about breast health and breast cancer, so they can make the best decisions for their lives.”
And if you’d like to support universal health care in the US, find more information at Health Care America Now, or get involved with local health care-related initiatives in your area.
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