'Facts of Life' Star Mindy Cohn Reveals Secret Cancer Battle
“The Facts of Life” actress Mindy Cohn has been hiding a big secret for the last five years.
After feeling fatigue and listening to her gut, Cohn visited a doctor, who diagnosed her with breast cancer in 2012. She said, "I was walking around my neighborhood in Los Angeles and I suddenly got so tired. I just couldn't go anymore. This was before Uber was really a thing, so I texted my friend Helen Hunt and said, 'Something's wrong with me. I need help.'”
After the diagnosis, Cohn went through a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. She also took a break from Hollywood.
While she describes herself as an “optimist,” Cohn admits the five-year cancer battle really took its toll on her. She shared, “The cancer metastasized. It kept spreading and coming back. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, and then it would. And then I'd wait for another shoe to drop, and it would. I was frustrated and enraged. I couldn't control any of this. I couldn't fix it.”
The 51-year-old is now cancer-free, commenting, "I'm feeling great. And I'm so ready to get back to working. I think I'm a good actress, and I have a lot to offer. I'm excited to see what I get to do next!”