"The Facts of Life" star Mindy Cohn reveals breast cancer battle

Joann Johnston
October 18, 2017

"She's an fantastic source of everything - of life, of strength, of peace, of beauty ...certainly laughter, still", Fields told GMA co-anchor Robin Roberts, herself a breast cancer survivor. Cohn said she plans to climb Machu Picchu in Peru next year and has her sights set back on Hollywood.

Mindy Cohn has revealed that she spent the last five years battling breast cancer.

"It was breast cancer", she said.

The 51-year-old underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy to battle the illness. "I've heard from other women that really helped them, whether they're at an appointment or going through treatment, that those words have comforted a lot of women as well".

"I've always been an optimist", she said.

However, the journey proved to be a hard one, with the cancer continuing to "metastasize" (spread and come back) - leaving Mindy "frustrated and enraged" as she had "no control" over it and 'couldn't fix it'.

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Back in 2012, Mindy's life changed forever when she started to not feel good all of a sudden, and as she puts it, she "kept the secret for a long time". And then I'd wait for another shoe to drop, and it would. I was frustrated and enraged.

On Tuesday the actress posted a video of her looking healthy in a dance workout. "I couldn't fix it".

So she retreated to a farm in upstate NY to battle the disease and recover.

Although Cohn was quiet about her cancer publicly, she did lean on some of her "Facts of Life" co-stars during her time of need. And now that she's feeling better than ever, she's ready to get back into showbiz. She is now cancer free and ready to get back to work.

Mindy says she is "feeling great now" and has resumed her acting career. "I'm excited to see what I get to do next!"

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