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'The Nanny' star Fran Drescher opens up about battle with uterine cancer

9Honey Celebrity logo 9Honey Celebrity 12/10/2018 Christine Estera
Fran Drescher smiling for the camera: Fran Drescher says she's working on a secret project that 'The Nanny' fans will love © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Fran Drescher says she's working on a secret project that 'The Nanny' fans will love

While cancer survivor Fran Drescher said she would never wish the disease on anyone, she admitted that being diagnosed 18 years ago changed her life for the better.

The Nanny star made the surprising admission during a chat with People magazine's online series Chatter, telling the hosts that, if anything, her battle with uterine cancer had only enriched her life.

"I'm not glad I had cancer. I don't wish it on anyone. But I am better for it," the 61-year-old admitted. "It's deepened me as a human being. It's forced me to have a life that resonates more with other people's needs, with compassion, and a sensitivity to other people's pain."

Drescher explained that she felt her life was given more purpose beyond entertaining, and it sparked her to write the bestselling book Cancer Schmancer in 2002, which she then turned into a charity of the same name.

"I feel like I got famous, I got cancer, and I lived to tell about it. So that's kind of become my life mission," she said. "All the work I do as an actor is to stay current so I can speak to the platforms I'm passionate about."

That's not to say being in the midst of illness wasn't difficult. Drescher experienced a gruelling "two-year and eight-doctor odyssey" before she was properly diagnosed in 2000, just one year after The Nanny ended its six-year run. But the actress said there was no point focusing on the negatives when there's always silver lining.

"For anyone that's going through anything -- and no one leaves this planet unscathed, one of these days life's going to bite you on the butt -- just remember after you kick and scream and cry, 'Why me Lord,' if you turn your pain into purpose, it is really healing. It somehow makes sense out of the senseless."


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