A 1980s rock star says he went 'from the walking dead to singing and dancing' following a stage 4 'death sentence' diagnosis: Stars who've battled cancer
Supermodel Linda Evangelista has faced breast cancer twice in five years. The supermodel made the revelation in an interview with WSJ Magazine that debuted in September 2023. Her first diagnosis came in 2018 when a tumor "was detected in my annual mammogram," she said. "The margins were not good, and due to other health factors, without hesitation, because I wanted to put everything behind me and not have to deal with this, I opted for a bilateral mastectomy. I thought I was good and set for life. Breast cancer was not going to kill me."
But four years later, in 2022, she felt a lump on her breast and learned the cancer had returned. This time, Linda told her doctor to "'dig a hole in my chest,'" she recalled. "I don't want it to look pretty. I want you to excavate. I want to see a hole in my chest when you're done. Do you understand me? I'm not dying from this."
Linda explained that she "just went into this mode that I know how to do—just do what you've got to do and get through it. And that's what I did." Her oncologist has since told her that her prognosis is now "good." That led Linda to ask, "Why isn't it great?" She learned she had a "horrible oncotype score," which reflects the likelihood her cancer will return.
"I know I have one foot in the grave, but I'm totally in celebration mode. I've come through some horrible health issues," she said, referencing an allegedly botched 2015 CoolSculpting cosmetic procedure she's said left her "deformed" -- they settled in 2022 -- but now "I'm at a place where I'm so happy celebrating my book ['Linda Evangelista Photographed by Steven Meisel'], my life. I'm so happy to be alive. Anything that comes now is a bonus."