Christina Applegate recently provided a distressing update on her MS health situation, but this is by far the first time she has had to cope with a physical crisis.
The mother-of-one was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36. Following a lumpectomy, she learned with much sadness that she carried the BRCA1 genetic mutation (a gene which is associated with an increased risk of both breast and ovarian cancer).
Christina, 51, made the extreme decision to have a double mastectomy. “It got going quite soon. It was one of those things that just seemed right when I woke up,” she said.
“All that came over was that I didn’t want to have to deal with this again. I don’t want to keep consuming that material. I just want to end this, I said, and I was ready to let them go.”
Although it was a difficult procedure, she was familiar with it because her mother had gone through it in the 1970s.
Christina said that “they didn’t do a very good job back then” during her mother’s surgery, but the pictures just made her more anxious.
The Dead to Me actress, on the other hand, was confident of what she wanted and didn’t want to wait.
“It may be extremely unpleasant,” she warned the news station. ” Because a part of you has died, you go through both a grieving and a mourning period.”
She claimed she used to cry every day at first, but with time she began to use her experiences to help others.
“This is my moment now to go out and fight as hard as I can for early detection,” she says.
Christina admits that now that she is open about her MS struggles, she wishes she had paid more attention to the symptoms sooner.
Christina admitted that she had began experiencing symptoms such as numbness and tingling in her limbs years before realizing she had MS in 2021, but had no idea they were related to the illness.
“I wish I had paid attention,” she said in an interview. “But how could I possibly have known?”
“Well, let’s get some medicine so I can get better,” Christina acknowledged after being identified. “And there isn’t anything better. But I found it useful. I had to accept the loss of my life and that aspect of myself.”