Went From Feeling Fine To 10-Hour Surgery


Actress Olivia Munn on breast cancer diagnosis and double mastectomy: 'Got from feeling fine to having 10-hour surgery'

Olivia Munn shared this image. (Courtesy: oliviamunn)

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In a new Instagram post, Hollywood actress Olivia Munn revealed that she was privately dealing with a major health issue last year. x men apocalypse The star shared that she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to undergo a double mastectomy. In the Instagram carousel, Olivia included photos of her healing process, along with a detailed note. In the first frame, Olivia is lying in a hospital bed, and in subsequent slides she is being treated. Additionally, Olivia posted a video in which she can be seen crying before the surgery while the doctor is giving her strength. The last image shows a photo frame on her hospital bedside table that holds a photo of Olivia's husband, actor-comedian John Mulaney, and their son, Malcolm Hype Mulaney.

In her note, Olivia Munn wrote, “In February 2023, in an effort to be proactive about my health, I took a genetic test that checks for 90 different cancer genes. I tested negative for all, including BRCA (the most well-known breast cancer gene). My sister Sara has also just been tested negative. We called each other and high-fived on the phone. I also had a normal mammogram that same winter. Two months later I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In the last ten months I have had four surgeries, spent more days in bed than I can count, and have learned more than I ever thought I could about cancer, cancer treatment, and hormones. Surprisingly, I have only cried twice. I guess I just didn't feel like it was time to cry. My focus diminished and I let go of all the emotions that I felt would interfere with my ability to remain articulate.”

Sharing the reason behind keeping her diagnosis private, Olivia Munn said, “When I have the energy, when I can get dressed and get out of the house, when I can take my kid to the park. So my tendency has been for people to look at me. , I've kept the diagnosis, the anxiety, the recovery, the pain medication, and the paper gown private. I needed to catch my breath and get through some of the hardest parts before I could share.

Discussing the diagnosis, Olivia Munn said, “I wouldn't have found my cancer until another year at my next scheduled mammogram — except that my OBGYN, Dr. Thais Aliabadi, decided to calculate my breast cancer risk assessment score. The fact is that it saved my life. Dr. Aliabadi looked at factors like my age, family history of breast cancer, and the fact that I had my first child after the age of 30. He found that my lifetime risk was 37 %. Because of that score, I was sent to get an MRI, which was followed by an ultrasound, which was followed by a biopsy. The biopsy revealed that I had Luminal B cancer in both breasts. Luminal B is an aggressive, fast-growing cancer. Is.

“I had a double mastectomy 30 days after that biopsy. One day I felt completely fine and woke up the next day in a hospital bed after a 10-hour surgery. I am lucky. We figured it out with enough time because I had options. I wish the same for any woman who may have to face this one day. Ask your doctor to calculate your breast cancer risk assessment score. Dr. Alibadi says if the number is higher than 20%, you'll need annual mammograms and breast MRIs starting at age 30,” Olivia Munn wrote about her surgery.

Thanking her friends and family, Olivia Munn said, “I am so grateful to my friends and family for giving me so much love. I am very grateful to John for the nights he spent researching what each operation and medication meant and what side effects and recovery I could expect. To be there before I go to every surgery and to be there every time I wake up, to always have framed pictures of my little boy Malcolm so that whenever I open my eyes he's the first thing I see. Thank you to friends who had breast cancer and to friends who connected me with friends who had breast cancer for guiding me through some of my most uncertain situations. And overwhelming moments.”

Expressing her gratitude towards the medical team, the star said, “I am extremely grateful to the nurses, patient coordinators and staff at Cedars-Sinai in LA and St. John's in Santa Monica. I especially want to thank my surgical oncologist Dr. Armando Giuliano, my reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Jay Oringer, my oncologist Dr. Monica Mita, and especially my guardian angel, Dr. Thais Aliabadi. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you…Olivia Munn.”

After seeing Olivia Munn's post, many celebrities shared their reactions in the comment section. John Mulaney showered his wife with love, writing: “Thank you for fighting so hard for us to be here. Malc and I adore you.”

Actress Jessica Chastain wrote, “You are so generous to share your story. I believe that by doing so you have saved lives. Much love to you and your family.” Brenda Song posted, “You are incredible and resilient. Thank you for sharing and spreading awareness. Sending so much love and healing thoughts. I'm here if you need anything.” Sam Claflin commented, “Sending you lots of love and strength, sister.” Lana Condor expressed, “You are the most incredible woman. Sending you so much love and strength.” Many others followed suit with supportive messages.

Take a look at Olivia Munn's post below:

Olivia Munn has been featured in many films I don't know how she does it, x men apocalypse, CruelAnd love wedding repeat,

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