“Chicago Med” star Marlyne Barrett opens up about her cancer diagnosis.
The 44-year-old actress took to Instagram on Wednesday to thank her fans and colleagues for their “support” and “encouragement” in her battle with ovarian cancer.
“I can’t do this without so many people stepping up to support me,” she wrote, along with a selfie showing her bald head. “It’s actually physically impossible! To those who make it easier day in and day out, for me to come to work to do what I do, thank you!”
The actress also thanked her colleagues at Wolf Entertainment, the production company behind the “Chicago” shows. Barrett has starred in “Chicago Med” since 2015 and appeared on “Chicago Fire” from 2016 to 2019.
“To this extended family around the world, I pray that we the people will remember how GREAT life is and how much LOVE can do in a person’s life,” she said. writing. “That being said…Tonight’s episode of #chicagomed is special, because I struggled to shoot the first two episodes. I think you’ll appreciate what we’ve been able to pull together. This encouragement m blew my mind!”
Barrett told People that doctors diagnosed her with cancer in July after finding a football-sized tumor on her uterus and left ovary.
“The initial experience was a shock, a shock to my femininity,” Barrett told the outlet. “I didn’t believe them, but when they showed me the scanner, I was like, ‘Oh my word.’ The first questions were, “Will I live? I just fell into my husband’s arms. It still takes my breath away when I think about it.”
Barrett added that her doctors advised “aggressive” chemotherapy as well as a hysterectomy.
“The best way I could experience was to meet him,” she said. “There’s no running away because this is my life. And eventually you just surrender because it’s so much bigger than anything you’ve ever faced. I found that courage and I just crouched down and said, ‘I’m going to deal with this.'”
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