In the November issue of More magazine, Christina Applegate is opening up about her 2008 breast cancer fight - and the emotional scars that are still present in her life.
“I miss my exquisite breasts sometimes,” Applegate said in the November issue of More magazine
, referencing a line about her breasts in the 2004 comedy “Anchorman.” (The full line: “Mr. Harken, this city needs its news. And you are going to deprive them of that because I have breasts? Exquisite breasts?”)
Thanks to a doctor-ordered MRI, Applegate's cancer was detected at a very early stage. Because she carries the BRCA1 mutation, an inherited genetic fault that often triggers breast cancer, it was decided that a double mastectomy would offer the best protection from future recurrences.
The "Up All Night" star was also immediately inspired to start her own cancer foundation, Right Action for Women
, after discovering that many women had financial difficulties in affording screenings and genetic testing.
"The good thing is that we got the information out, but talking about the facts of the disease, I didn’t have to see what was going on with me. I think when it slowed down, all that came crashing down," she says.
"I was just shaking and then also immediately, I had to go into 'take-care-of-business-mode' which included a change to a more healthy diet," she added.
In support of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Applegate teamed up with athletic equipment maker ASICS
to offer an exclusive pink collection of sneakers, sports bras, headbands and other gear to help raise money for breast cancer research. At minimum, between $75,000 and $100,000 will be donated to the cause.
“I am incredibly grateful to ASICS and excited for the launch of the ASICS Right Action for Women Collection,” Applegate said in a statement. “The funds raised from this collaboration will help educate even more women about their risk for breast cancer.”