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Christina Applegate opens up about life after double mastectomy

Christina Applegate Opens Up About Life After Double Mastectomy

Christina Applegate was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, and she opted to have a double mastectomy later in the year. Now, she's opening up to ET about how she's coping with life after the procedure, as well as how she's helping other at-risk women.

"I lost my mind," said Christina, 42, when asked how she reacted to her diagnosis. "I still sometimes lose my mind six years later. You look down and you have a daily reminder of everything that you've gone through."

The double mastectomy saved her life after her breast cancer was detected by an MRI when she was 36 years old. "I started getting mammograms at 30, but my doctor said 'the mammograms are not working for you because you're too dense, and so we're going to do an MRI.' It was with that MRI that I found cancer, years before a mammogram would have."

The former "Married with Children" star finds that as a mother to Sadie Grace, she worries that the foods we eat have something to do with women getting cancer so early on in life. "We have her on a completely plant-based diet," she told ET's Brooke Anderson. "It's because I want her to have the best chance possible."

Today, Christina's foundation Right Action for Women gives free MRIs for high-risk women. "Were into almost 500 now," said Christina. "We've spent over half a million dollars on MRIs, which is really incredible."

Christina admits that the cost of those MRIs has taken its toll, and now she needs to replenish. If you'd like to donate or learn more about her foundation, check out this link.

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allnightradioman May 04 2014 at 8:43 PM

She's so pretty. It was never her chest anyway that gave me boners. She's like visual Viagra for me.

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Connie Galanopoulos May 04 2014 at 3:40 PM

You are fantastic. You are a wonderful actress and person. I am sure you are a great wife and mother too. I wish you all the best. Keep up the good work.

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rlipmanstudios May 04 2014 at 3:04 PM

At least she uses her fame for good quite unlike the ridiculous sports and other stars who make so many millions and give so little back. Shame on them. I am a BC survivor. I would like to get an MRI. THey won't give it to me. Only Mammos.

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sstuczynsk May 04 2014 at 2:46 PM

She should be very proud. Her decision saved her life. And life does go on. Enjoy your life. You have earned it.

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blueeyessing May 04 2014 at 2:30 PM

Christina did the right thing and seems to have had a happy and successful life since then. She also looks beautiful on top of that.

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joyful1938 May 04 2014 at 1:57 PM

I carry the BRAKA1 gene. I have had 4 different cancers. I had breast cancer 24 years apart, the 2nd breast cancer had 2 separate aggressive cancers growing next to each other, and I had kidney cancer, in fact it is because of the kidney cancer that the 2nd and 3rd breast cancers were detected.
I certainly can empathize with anyone who has to have a double mastectomy. I have a difficult time wearing decent clothing because it just doesn't sit right on my body, but I do the best I can and I am grateful to my maker that my cancers all were detected before they could threaten my life. I am one of the lucky ones so I don't care how my clothes sit on my body, I have a body for them to sit on.
It all depends on the individual how they handle being told they have this thing happening to them. I find that a positive attitude and a lot of self care can go a long way.

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ohiohikingstick May 04 2014 at 1:51 PM

Very brave woman, I wish her all the very best as I do all breast cancr victims.....

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Remasters Studio May 04 2014 at 1:13 PM

DNA testing!!! I did it...I do not carry the markers. I still do mamograms....but at least I know it does not run in our family.

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RHOTWRENCH May 04 2014 at 1:10 PM

she still looks lovely,

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Gary Marshall May 04 2014 at 1:10 PM

you go young lady and preach to the world I was 12 yrs old and watched my mother die a horrible lingering death due to breast cancer She died 8/28/58 and 8am in the morning. No female should ever ldie the death my mother went thru she was 42

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