In a statement released by People magazine early Tuesday morning, actress Rita Wilson revealed she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. The 58-year-old shared with fans that she had opted to undergo a bilateral mastectomy, which she followed up with reconstructive surgery. The statement comes after her April 2 announcement that she would be taking time off from “Fish in the Dark,” which is currently running on Broadway, to recover. She plans to return May 5.
“Last week, with my husband by my side, and with the love and support of family and friends, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction for breast cancer after a diagnosis of invasive lobular carcinoma,” she wrote.
Wilson, wife of Tom Hanks, delved further into her condition, telling readers she had been monitoring an underlying condition, called lobular carcinoma in situ, for quite some time. It was only when a friend who had suffered from breast cancer suggested she get a second opinion that Wilson was diagnosed. Wilson added that visiting other doctors ultimately saved her life, saying “a second opinion is critical to your health.”
“You have nothing to lose if both opinions match up for the good, and everything to gain if something that was missed is found, which does happen. Early diagnosis is key,” she said.
The actress said she felt blessed to have her husband, family and friends supporting her. Little did she know that was just the beginning: Shortly after the story broke, fellow celebrities took to Twitter to send messages of love and support to Wilson. Some thanked her for educating others while others simply praised her bravery during this difficult time.
Beautiful Brave Friend. Thinking of you and grateful for your courage. https://t.co/RRUd3rzgOQ
— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) April 14, 2015
Rita Wilson - AMAZING WOMAN !!! http://t.co/RsKKs9VpIf
— Rosie (@Rosie) April 14, 2015
Sending love + light to @RitaWilson thank you for Sharing your breast cancer story of getting a second opinion your courage will help many.
— lisa rinna (@lisarinna) April 14, 2015
— Chely Wright (@chelywright) April 14, 2015
Wishing my good friend @RitaWilson the best as she makes this important announcement, which will help millions of women and their families.
— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) April 14, 2015
Since releasing the statement Wilson has not given any further updates on her condition. She did, however, say, “I am recovering and most importantly, expected to make a full recovery. Why? Because I caught this early, have excellent doctors and because I got a second opinion.”