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Suzanne Somers Opens Up About Cancer Diagnosis

Suzanne Somers Opens Up About Cancer Diagnosis
Suzanne Somers in 2108. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Palm Springs International Film Festival )

By    |   Monday, 30 December 2019 12:06 PM

When "Three's Company" star Suzanne Somers was diagnosed with cancer she had two choices: Sink into a world of despair or stand up and fight.

She chose to fight, and 20 years later she is sharing her story with the world.

"You think of your mortality for the first time," the 73-year-old actress told Fox News in an interview published Monday. Before she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000, Somers felt like she was "on top of the world." She had no reason to question her health.

"Nothing felt wrong with my body. But when your doctor utters the word 'cancer,' you feel your mortality and it’s heavy," she explained. "I remember walking down the beach with my husband and we just held each other."

Somers decided she would not let the disease defeat her.

"I just remember saying to myself, 'I can beat this. I’m going to win this,'" she said. "And I felt that very strongly. There’s always an opportunity in every negative. I could easily have said, 'Poor me, why me?' But I wasn’t having it. I knew I was going to do everything I could to beat this."

The diagnosis was a "wake-up call" for Somers, whomade massive changes to her lifestyle.

"I completely changed the way I ate," she said. "I removed all the chemicals in my home. I even started growing my own food. I only eat organic and clean. I don’t eat fish because it’s so loaded with antibiotics. I wasn’t going to let my body become a host for the disease."

Somers chose to forgo chemotherapy and underwent a lumpectomy and radiation therapy while complementing her treatment with alternative medicine.

Now she is sharing her story in hopes of inspiring other women dealing with cancer.

"As someone who has survived breast cancer, you can be a victim, and 'poor me' and 'why did this happen to me?'" she previously told Yahoo Lifestyle. "And I don’t mean that in a cold or judgmental way at all. But what good does that do you? How is that going to inspire others, move you forward as a person? Everything that happens to us as individuals is an opportunity for growth, spiritually and emotionally."

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When "Three's Company" star Suzanne Somers was diagnosed with cancer she had two choices: sink into a world of despair or stand up and fight. She chose to fight and 20 years later is sharing her story with the world. "You think of your mortality for the first time," the...
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