Julia Louis-Dreyfus Reveals She Has Breast Cancer In Touching Instagram Post

by Valerie Williams
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Her news was met with tons of support from both fans and fellow celebs

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus took to her social media accounts today to share sad news with her fans and the rest of the world — she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. But instead of focusing on her own illness, she’s using her announcement to push for everyone to receive the same kind of top-notch healthcare she will be fortunate enough to have.

Whether you know her from her years as Elaine Benes on mega hit sitcom Seinfeld or as Vice President (and briefly, President) Selina Meyer on HBO’s Veep, Louis-Dreyfus has been loved by audiences for years, and her diagnosis is absolutely heartbreaking. According to USA Today, she received the news just a day after winning an Emmy on September 17 for best actress in a comedy series.

She shared the same note on both Twitter and Instagram.

Louis-Dreyfus posted the message with the caption “Just when you thought….” and her words are simple, but powerful:

“One in eight women get breast cancer,” she writes. “Today, I’m the one.”

“The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal healthcare a reality.”

It’s just like Louis-Dreyfus as the incredible and badass woman she is to make sure her breast cancer diagnosis isn’t only about her. As much as we want to tell her to only worry about herself right now, her words hit home in a big way. Cancer doesn’t give a single shit how much (or how little) money you have, but every American deserves the chance to beat it without panicking over the cost of treatment.

The support Louis-Dreyfus mentioned in her note is plainly evident in the responses to her tweet from both fans and fellow celebrities. This woman is very well-loved.

As Louis-Dreyfus says, she has all the tools to beat this thing — supportive people around her and good insurance. We’re in awe that she’s using what’s probably one of the scariest moments of her life to shed light on what a cancer diagnosis can mean for someone without everything she has.

And we love her for it.

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