Actress Colbie Smulders is embracing and sharing her scars about being diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was 25, in a essay she published on Lenny Letter this week.
Smulders began the letter speaking about how she was diagnosed and her symptoms which included low energy, fatigue, and constant pressure in her abdomen.
“Anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer or even known someone who has been diagnosed with cancer is aware of its total mental, physical, and emotional possession,” the now-34-year-old wrote.
“I found myself in the centre of such a storm in the spring of 2008, when I was 25.”
However, she ended the letter on a high note, speaking about her recovery and two daughters.
“Thankfully, gratefully, cancer did not get the best of me,” she wrote. “The best of me now lives on in my two little women, baby girls I was lucky enough to be able to make with my own body.”
“I don’t know if I will ever be free of my cancer — or, to be more specific, free from the fear of my cancer’s return,” she stated. “I wish that we as women spent as much time on the well-being of our insides as we do with our looks on the outside. If you are going through something like this, I urge you to look at all your options. To ask questions. To learn as much as you can about your diagnosis. To breathe. To ask for help. To cry and to fight.”
To read Smulder’s full letter, click here.
SOURCE: Lenny Letter | IMAGE CREDIT: Getty