Rita Wilson, star of Now And Then (which I still watch every time it comes on cable) and Tom Hanks wife, abruptly left Larry David’s Broadway play Fish in the Dark earlier this month. The play’s rep said that she went on medical leave and would be back. Today, Rita said in a statement to People that she temporarily left the show because she had to get a double mastectomy and undergo reconstructive surgery after getting diagnosed with The Big C. Rita says that the bitch ass cancer in her body would’ve never been caught if she didn’t get a second opinion. Warning: There’s fancy medical words ahead:
“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. 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.
I have had an underlying condition of LCIS, (lobular carcinoma in situ) which has been vigilantly monitored through yearly mammograms and breast MRIs. Recently, after two surgical breast biopsies, PLCIS (pleomorphic carcinoma in situ) was discovered. I mention this because there is much unknown about PLCIS and it is often found alongside DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ). I was relieved when the pathology showed no cancer.
However, a friend who had had breast cancer suggested I get a second opinion on my pathology and my gut told me that was the thing to do. A different pathologist found invasive lobular carcinoma. His diagnosis of cancer was confirmed by, yet, another pathologist. I share this to educate others that 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.
I feel blessed to have a loving, supportive husband, family, friends and doctors and that I am the beneficiary of advances in the field of breast cancer and reconstruction. I am getting better every day and look forward to renewed health. I hope this will encourage others to get a second opinion and to trust their instincts if something doesn’t ‘feel’ right.”
Rita says that she’ll be back on Broadway on May 5th.
Tom Hanks also released a statement about this: “Rita had got the breast cancer and double mastectomy on a Tuesday. I bought her a new hat with little flowers on it. And that’s all I have to say about that.”
Margarita (yes, that’s her full name and it’s beautiful) is right about getting a second opinion. If I only listened to my first opinion, I’d be more of a mess than I already am. My first medical opinion usually comes from WebMD and no matter what I type in as symptoms it always tells me that I have a terminal illness and I better divvy up my She-Ra collection amongst my friends because it’s lights out for me.
And in the next couple weeks while she’s recovering, Margarita should lay back, enjoy some Jell-O and try to fill her head with only good thoughts and what I mean by that is she should try to forget the fact that she gave birth to Chet Haze.