The actress, who successfully underwent a double mastectomy three weeks ago, had these inspirational words regarding breast cancer:

"I watched (my mother) have a mastectomy, and then I watched her go through two years of chemotherapy and eight surgeries and a hysterectomy. I've watched this woman survive... so for me there was always that sense I was going to be okay, no matter what. I really love living and I really love my life and I knew from this moment on there was only going to be good that was going to be coming... Yeah, I'm going to face challenges, but you can't get any darker than where I’ve been. So just knowing that in my soul gave me the strength to just say I have to get out there and make this a positive... (Humour) is everything. Even in the hospital, there was so much laughter that was happening. And actually, it was sometimes good and sometimes not-so-good, because it can actually be painful to laugh that hard. But I've laughed so much in the last three weeks. Sometimes, you know, I cry and sometimes I scream and I get really angry, and I get into wallowing in self-pity sometimes. I think it's all part of healing. And anyone who's going through it out there: it's okay to cry, it's okay to fall on the ground and just scream if you want to. It's okay."

Her mesmerising optimism didn't stall there; she had this to say of her future reconstructive surgery: "I'm going to have the best boobs in the nursing home," she joked. "I'm going to be the envy of all the ladies around the bridge table." The lady has balls.