My Story: Stars Who've Faced Breast Cancer

From Samantha Harris' silver lining to Rita Wilson urging women to learn from her experience, see the women who've shared their survivor stories


Age at diagnosis: 44
Following a 1992 cancer diagnosis in her right breast, the Grease star underwent a modified radical mastectomy and a year of chemotherapy, employing herbs, acupuncture and mental imaging to cope with the nausea. "I visualized [the chemicals] as gold liquid going into my body, healing me, rather than what it really is, which is poison," she told PEOPLE in 2000. "So, okay, I didn't die. I was stronger than I thought." Afterward, the breast cancer advocate released a 2005 album, Stronger than Before, dedicated to "going through difficulty and getting through it," she revealed on Good Morning America at the time.