Maura Tierney , who was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2009, recently appeared at the Primetime Emmy Awards as a presenter. The actress was originally cast to appear on the show Parenthood, but her role eventually went to Lauren Graham when Tierney decided to focus on her health. Tierney spoke to PARADE about her battle with the disease;
‘I was so scared of going to the doctor. I felt something, and my boyfriend at the time made me go. He said,’ You’ve got to take care of this,’ because I was afraid. That’s one thing I will say: Don’t be afraid to go to the damn doctor. Just go!’
She even revealed that through it all, she still wants to be able to help others,
‘I’ve been misquoted a lot, and there’s this tendency for people to put on to you how they think you should be or what they think you should feel. The truth is, I had my surgery, and I have two more months on this one drug. I haven’t figured out where I want to focus my energies to help others, and I dont know what kind of wisdom to drop on anybody yet – except for, you know, they can help people now. … I feel an immense sense of gratitude, but sometimes I think there should be room for more gratitude (in me), because I can still be bitchy in the morning.’
Tierney is set to appear at the Stand Up To Cancer telethon set to air tonight. Stand Up To Cancer is a groundbreaking initiative aimed at raising funds to accelerate innovative cancer research bringing new therapies to patients quickly that will saves lives now.
You can read the full interview with Maura Tierney in the September 12 issue of PARADE.