Fran Drescher is celebrating being cancer-free for 21 years.
“It’s been an amazing journey and I have learned tremendous life lessons and experienced incredible silver linings as a result of this experience,” the actress said on the May 5 podcast.
No word yet how Drescher marked the occasion but last year, when she celebrated 20 years of being cancer-free, the star threw herself a virtual cabaret amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I tell you, I’d always envisioned hitting the big two-o and throwing a major bash, but of course that’s not going to happen right now,” Drescher told CNN at the time while socially distancing at her home in Malibu, California.
“We’re pretaping everybody’s performances and now we’re editing it together, so it’ll be a pretty tight kind of concert-fundraiser, and we’re gonna stream it for free with the hope that people will watch it, enjoy it, and want to support our organisation,” Drescher explained. “Because we had to cancel our annual cabaret dinner cruise, which normally takes place in New York Harbour.”
It was on June 21, 2000, when Drescher found herself in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles undergoing a radical hysterectomy after doctors had diagnosed her with uterine cancer. Ever since, the star has made it her mission to educate people and raise awareness.
“I got famous, then I got cancer, and now I live to talk about it,” she writes on the website of her Cancer Schmancer organisation. “Sometimes the best gifts come in the ugliest packages. Please lock elbows with me and join the Cancer Schmancer Movement so together we can do what needs to be done, so fewer of us will die prematurely.”
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