In August of 2008, Christina Applegate made the difficult decision to undergo a double mastectomy, after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Her mother also had breast cancer and survived, and instead of opting for chemo – she opted to have the breasts removed entirely. After having reconstructive surgery, Christina went on to have a baby with her partner Martin Lenoble.
Christina sat down with More magazine and talked about the ordeal, and how losing her breasts was horrible. She wanted to keep her cancer diagnosis to herself, but ultimately decided to share it.
The Up All Night star, who underwent a double mastectomy in 2008 after being diagnosed with the same disease her mother survived, opens up about her painful struggle to come to terms with losing both of her breasts in the November 2012 issue of More magazine, and RadarOnline.com has the details.
“I miss my exquisite breasts sometimes,” she reveals, in reference to a line about her natural mammary glands in the movie Anchorman.
The 40-year-old explains how she was denied the time to grieve, as the media learned about her surgery immediately following the operation.
“The good thing is that we got the information out, but talking about the facts of the disease, I didn’t have to see what was going on with me. I think when it slowed down, all that came crashing down,” she says.
With the help of her friends and family and a spiritual advisor, she overcame what she calls a “total emotional collapse.”
Soon after, she reunited with old friend Martyn LeNoble, and the two quickly fell in love.
“We had always cared deeply for one another when we were friends. And he came and put me under his wing. That was it – he was supposed to come.”
Applegate, who welcomed her first child, Sadie Grace, in early 2011, hopes to have another with her partner, but sadly, it may not be an option.
“Because of some things that happened during my pregnancy, I don’t know if I can. I hope I can. We’ll see,” she says.
I love Christina. I think it’s great she came out and talked about her battle with breast cancer. It’s a very real, honest interview, which is refreshing. Happy that things worked out well for her, and she is happy with her partner and daughter!