Cancer Type – Breast

Bio – Rita Wilson the actress and wife of Tom Hanks encourages women to get mammogram’s routinely and to trust their gut, because her gut instinct saved her life. Read her story here…

Short Story – In April of 2015, Rita Wilson announced she had undergone a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery after a diagnosis of invasive lobular carcinoma.

The actress who is married to Tom Hanks, had been religious about getting mammograms. After a gut feeling that something was not right after a routine check-up and a negative pathology report, the star sought after a second opinion, and then a third.

Confirming breast cancer, Wilson speaks out to women to trust their instincts, and get routine mammograms starting at the age of 40. Her gut feeling saved her life. If it was not for that and a great girl friend, she may have never asked for a second opinion. Cancer has brought a renewed gratitude for health and family in her life, and she expresses the importance of happiness in your life – with or without cancer.

“You can find joy, love, intimacy, care, laughter and good times even while you’re going through this,” said Wilson. “Eventually, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and you begin to see it.”

As an advocate for breast cancer, we love to hear that this disease brought her and her husband closer together. “Who knew it would make you even closer?” Wilson, 58, said in a feature in The New York Times. “You never know how your spouse is going to react in a situation like this. I was so amazed, so blown away by the care my husband gave me.”

Thank Rita for providing hope for so many women in their battle in this disease.

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Rita Wilson

BornMargarita Ibrahimoff, October 26, 1956 (age 60), Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, producer, singer
Years active1972–present
Spouse(s)Tom Hanks (m. 1988)
Parent(s)Hassan Ibrahimoff, Dorothy Wilson
RelativesColin Hanks (stepson)