October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we’re honoring the cause with stories of celebrities who have fought the disease and beaten it. This week’s featured celebrity breast cancer survivor is Wanda Sykes.
Funny lady Wanda Sykes was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 following a breast reduction surgery. Although her specific form of breast cancer was non-invasive, Sykes opted for a double mastectomy. Her recovery took a month, during which time she said:
“I was miserable. Every day I had to change the bandages and look at it, and it was not pretty at all. I just wanted my life back.”
But life was, after all, what Sykes was trying to preserve in the first place. “I made my decision because I love life,” she told People last year. She also said her children, twins Olivia and Lucas, were “a huge part of my decision…I wanted to be around for them.”
How’s it going now? Sykes said, “I feel whole again, I really do.” She’s been on tour for much of 2012, with a show that touches on politics and life with kids and her wife Alex. She’s also working on a political comedy special with Logo. Keep it up, Wanda!
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