‘The Facts Of Life’ Star Mindy Cohn Reveals Breast Cancer Battle
It's been a 5-year-long fight.
Actress Mindy Cohn, most well-known for her role on the 1980s sitcom classic “The Facts of Life,” revealed that she has been battling breast cancer for the past five years. The actress found out she was sick when she inexplicably felt completely exhausted.
“I was walking around my neighborhood in Los Angeles and I suddenly got so tired,” Cohn exclusively told People. “I just couldn’t go anymore. This was before Uber was really a thing, so I texted my friend Helen Hunt and said, ‘Something’s wrong with me. I need help.’”
After going to the doctor, a biopsy revealed the devastating news that she had breast cancer. Cohn chose to keep her illness private, and for five years, she endured a number of treatments, including a double masectomy, chemotherapy and radiation.
The harrowing experience nearly broke her spirit. “I’ve always been an optimist,” she said. “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. I couldn’t control any of this. I couldn’t fix it.”
Mindy Cohn found solace with her close friends, Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge, authors and lifestyle gurus known for their reality show, “The Fabulous Beekman Boys.” She took a break from her acting career on their 60-acre, 200-year-old farm outside of Sharon Spring, NY.
Here she is with her friends on the farm:
Now, the actress is cancer-free and is once again feeling excited for the future. “I’m feeling great,” she told People. “And I’m so ready to get back to working. I think I’m a good actress, and I have a lot to offer. I’m excited to see what I get to do next!”