What’s the world coming to when a cancer patient can’t even get treatment in private?
That’s the question Fran Drescher grappled with while opening up to us back in November about her frightening battle with the disease.
Interviewed on The Stupid Cancer Show, The Nanny star—who was diagnosed with uterine cancer in June 2000— recalled how being a celebrity became a liability during her ordeal.
“After two years and eight doctors—when I finally was told I did have cancer—the next week I was in [Cedars-Sinai Hospital in L.A.] getting major surgery,” Fran told host Matthew Zachary.
“I hadn’t really wrapped my mind around what that was and what the ramifications were— for a woman to have a radical hysterectomy when she had not had children yet.
“But I was already outed by the press. When my manager came to the hospital… I was registered under a different name, and there are so many employees there, I guess someone just sold me out,” continued Fran, who in 2007 founded the Cancer Schmancer Movement to help ensure that all women’s cancers be diagnosed while in Stage 1, the most curable stage.
“But in my never-ending quest to turn lemons into lemonade, I have to say that it was a blessing in disguise. Because I might not have opted to take such a front-and-center role in the cancer world had I had the opportunity to sweep it under the rug, make believe it never happened and go back to business as usual.
“Because it became so public, I had to deal with the fact that everyone knew I’m a person who had cancer. It really took me a long time to realize how long it would take me to heal from the surgery.
“I kept getting invited to events and getting invited to auditions, and, finally, I said to my assistant, ‘You know—I got the surgery June 21—and I said, ‘Let’s wait ‘til November until we even contemplate even accepting anything,’ because I just kept accepting and canceling.”
In September 2008, Fran was appointed as a U.S. diplomat by the State Department. Her official title is Public Diplomacy Envoy for Women’s Health Issues.
To hear Fran’s full interview, click here.
To learn more about the Cancer Schmancer Movement, click here.