Mindy Cohn: I Fought Cancer for 5 Years

'Facts of Life' star reveals she's now cancer-free
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2017 10:49 AM CDT
Mindy Cohn: I Fought Cancer for 5 Years
From left, Mindy Cohn, Geri Jewell, Lisa Whelchel, Charlotte Rae, and Nancy McKeon, arrive for a "Facts of Life" reunion on Sept. 15, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Mindy Cohn has been keeping a "secret for a long time," the Facts of Life star tells People: She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. She launched what she calls a "siege" on the disease, getting a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation. "I've always been an optimist," she says. "But 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." Finally, after recuperating on her friends' New York farm, she's cancer-free and has returned to Hollywood: "I'm so ready to get back to working." (Read more breast cancer stories.)

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