It was just over a year ago today that the Veep actress shared her diagnosis with the world.
“One in eight women get breast cancer,” Louis-Dreyfus tweeted to her social media followers in Sept. 2017. “Today, I’m the one.” “The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union,” she added. “The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.”
Months later, it was announced that Veep had went slow low on production while star Louis-Dreyfus underwent treatment. Amid her cancer battle, Louis-Dreyfus kept her fans updated on her health journey via social media.
“There were people with long lenses trying to get pictures of me looking ill, and I think I kind of burst the bubble on a lot of it because of my social-media presence,” she shared with The New York Publisher in a new profile, published Tuesday.
Describing her recent state of mind in the profile, Louis-Dreyfus said,
“You know if you get on a horse and you have really tight reins and the horse is galloping? I felt like I had really tight reins on myself. That’s what it felt like: I was just holding on tight. I’ve had a really rough year, blah, blah, blah—you know, we’re getting through it,” she continued. Last year, I was lucky enough to get an Emmy award for my performance on Veep, which was an incredible thrill—and it set some kind of a record for most the Emmys by somebody for doing something or other. Then, about 12 hours later, I was diagnosed with cancer, another hilarious turn of events. I’m only half-kidding, of course,” she said in part.
“Cancer isn’t at all funny, but a big part of dealing with it has been finding the funny moments. The old cliché about laughter being the best medicine turns out to be true—which is good, because that’s what the current administration is trying to replace Obamacare with. When I was getting my hideous chemotherapy, I’d cram a bunch of family and friends into this tiny treatment room with me, and we really did have some great laughs. Of course, I was heavily medicated and slipping in and out of consciousness, so I was probably a pretty easy audience, but my point is that laughter is a basic human need, along with love and food and an HBO subscription. There’s no situation—none—that isn’t improved with a couple of laughs. Everybody needs laughs,” Louis-Dreyfus told the audience. “The fact that I have had the opportunity to make people laugh for a living is one of the many blessings that I have received in my life. I do feel different, but I can’t quite articulate how. I’ve come out the other side of this, and I’m still not exactly sure how to define the difference other than to say I’m grateful, of course, but it’s more than that,”
Louis-Dreyfus told InStyle in September after beating breast cancer. “It’s bigger.”