Marcia Cross reveals she’s ‘healthy’ after battle with anal cancer

Marcia Cross revealed she is healthy after a recent battle with anal cancer.

“So grateful and happy to be alive but sad that my hair fell out and is about 1 inch long now and looks cra cra,” the Desperate Housewives alum, 56, captioned an Instagram selfie of her short hair on September 15. “Anyone else have #hairloss due to #cancer? Talk to me. I feel you. Xxoo m.”

The following day, Cross clarified that she is “post cancer” in a message to concerned fans.

“I am so sorry my post wasn’t clear. I am POST cancer. All good now,” she wrote on the social media platform on September 16. “Hard journey, but I am HEALTHY, happy, and more present and grateful than ever. Thank you from the bottom of my ever expanding heart for all of your LOVE.”

Cross added that she feels “liberated,” “deliriously free” and “completely me” after sharing the photo of her hair loss with fans.

“How or why this simple act gave me such a powerful lift I did not question, but I thanked God or whatever gave me the internal push to move forward and expose myself,” the Melrose Place alum posted on Instagram on September 18. “I certainly wasn’t expecting the response of love and kindness that flowed to me. My capacity to receive requires a massive expansion! I am ecstatically alive and what interests me post-cancer is #AUTHENTICITY. #VULNERABILITY. #TRANSPARENCY. And of course #LOVE.”

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 25: Actress Marcia Cross attends the Natural Resources Defense Council's STAND UP! for the Planet benefit at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on April 25, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 25: Actor Marcia Cross attends NRDC STAND UP! for the planet 2017 on April 25, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for NRDC)
QUANTICO - 'MHORDER' - With all the collaborators unveiled, the team uses Clay and Maxine's engagement party to entice them into one place. The mission: turn one against the others. But everyone's lives are put at risk when one member of the team makes a surprising decision, on 'Quantico,' MONDAY, APRIL 24 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Giovanni Rufino/ABC via Getty Images) MARCIA CROSS
QUANTICO - 'LNWILT' - In the wake of the G20 hostage crisis, President Claire Haas assembles an illegal and clandestine joint task force, bringing together Alex and her friends from both the FBI and CIA to unmask a global conspiracy, on 'Quantico,' MONDAY, MARCH 20 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Giovanni Rufino/ABC via Getty Images) MARCIA CROSS
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Marcia Cross attends Hollywood Unites for the 5th Biennial Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), A Program of The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) at Walt Disney Concert Hall on September 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Marcia Cross attends Hollywood Unites for the 5th Biennial Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), A Program of The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) at Walt Disney Concert Hall on September 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
PALMA, SPAIN - 2016/08/04: Marcia Cross attends the Remus Lifestyle Night 2016 at Varadero Bar. (Photo by Michael Timm UPDATE/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN - AUGUST 04: Marcia Cross attends the Remus Lifestyle Night 2016 on August 4, 2016 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for Marcel Remus)
QUANTICO - 'Right' - The NATS are excited that graduation is near as they prepare to leave Quantico and head out into the real world for their new assignments. In the future, Alex learns someone she cared about at Quantico is not who they seemed to be, as she finds herself at the heart of another possible attack, on 'Quantico,' SUNDAY, MAY 8, (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Philippe Bosse/ABC via Getty Images) MARCIA CROSS
QUANTICO - 'Soon' - At Quantico, the NATs look into each other's background to determine who gets high-level security clearance, and in the process Alex, Shelby and Iris learn some surprising truths about Drew, Will and Caleb. Meanwhile, in the future, Alex contacts Claire Haas (guest star Marcia Cross) in order to find her missing friends and is shocked when she discovers what happened to Caleb, on 'Quantico,' SUNDAY, APRIL 17 (10:00-11:00 EDT) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Betrand Calmeau/ABC via via Getty Images)JANAYA STEPHENS, MARCIA CROSS
QUANTICO - 'Clue' - At Quantico, the NATS are given a training exercise that hits too close to home for Shelby. While in the future, Alex finds an unlikely ally in Hannah, as she continues to try and stop the terrorist from striking again, on 'Quantico,' SUNDAY, APRIL 3 (10:00-11:00 EDT) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Philippe Bosse/ABC via Getty Images) MARCIA CROSS
QUANTICO - 'Turn' - A terror cell tries to infiltrate Quantico, forcing Miranda and Liam to pay a deadly price. While in the future, Alex continues to get instructions from the terrorist - only this time, it's Claire Haas' (played by Marcia Cross) life that hangs in the balance, on 'Quantico' SUNDAY, MARCH 27 (10:00-11:00 EDT) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Philippe Bosse/ABC via Getty Images) MARCIA CROSS
QUANTICO - 'Alex' - Alex finds herself in the middle of a congressional hearing to testify about the terrorist bombings. Convinced Elias didn't act alone, she is determined to find answers and the truth. While back at Quantico, a new group of NATS join Alex and her classmates, causing tension and competition between the groups of trainees, on 'Quantico,' SUNDAY, MARCH 6 (10:00--11:00 EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Phillippe Bosse/ABC via Getty Images) MARCIA CROSS
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 12: Actress Kelly Rutherford (L) and actress Marcia Cross attend Children's Justice Campaign Event on May 12, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/FilmMagic)
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She concluded: “Thank you again for your love and for sharing your personal stories of struggle with #cancer and #hair loss and getting your footing in the world. Always, Marcia.”

Cross’ husband, Tom Mahoney, was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, but is now in remission. The pair share 11-year-old twin girls, Eden and Savannah.

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