Julia Louis-Dreyfus reveals why she went public with her cancer diagnosis

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She said: "It had a sense of humour and it had a kind of "kick cancer in the ass" kind of point of view".

Back in September 2017, Julia Louis-Dreyfus got diagnosed with breast cancer.

Louis-Dreyfus has since returned back to Veep and is now filming the last season.

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Louis-Dreyfus proactively addressed her cancer diagnosis.

"Originally, I'll be honest with you, something like this journey I'd been on, I normally wouldn't share such a private thing publicly", Louis-Dreyfus shared. Despite her diagnosis, Julia Louis-Dreyfus was ready to return back to work. "I feel very strong and I've got red lips, so what could go wrong?" Louis-Dreyfus was cast at just 21, and though she's called her time on SNL "miserable", her career only went up after she left the show in 1985.

But through it all, she appeared to keep her spirits up with social media posts that inspired others.

"So then I thought, 'Well, I'm just going to embrace this and attack it and try to do it with a sense of humor", she added.

As she's done in the past, Louis-Dreyfus tied her fight against cancer with the fight for health insurance for all - which dovetailed into Kimmel's very public battle over health care when his newborn son needed heart surgery.

After having a procedure in February, she posted a photo with the message: "Hoorah!" "I believed it before, but now I really know it". But because she had to suspend production on the HBO series, and also saw an opportunity to use her platform to discuss the USA healthcare system, she knew she had to tell her story.

It's inspiring to hear how hard Louis-Dreyfus has been working, and an encouraging sign for fans looking forward to Veep Season 7.

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