Monday, March 2, 2009

Former ATWT Star Yvonne Perry Battling Cancer

Yvonne Perry made a big splash in daytime in the early 90s when she debuted as Rosanna Cabot on AS THE WORLD TURNS. Her pairing with Shawn Christian's Mike became one of the most popular on the show. She won the Soap Opera Digest Award as Outstanding Female Newcomer in 1993.

The actress last appeared on the show in 1999. This decade Cady McClain took over the role. There have been rumors at time Perry would return to the soap but it never happened.

Perry first mentioned her battle with breast cancer on her website on July 25, 2008:

Two MRI assisted needle biopsies today. That was not fun, let me tell you. Long talk with radiologist. Nothing confirmed until next Wednesday when the pathology is back from the lab. But she’s pretty sure the right breast just has a fibroid. The left, however, she’s 99% sure is cancer. Sigh. Now I need to find a surgeon, she says. Not saying anything to my family until next week’s lab results, but thought you should know. Long road ahead for me it seems. Sigh. Did I sigh already? And wouldn’t I get diagnosed with breast cancer in August when all the surgeons are on vacation?

Since then she has blogged about the many ups and downs she has faced in this process. Her most recent post was on February 4:

I’ve had a rough couple of days. Until last night, I was still sleeping in the chair because lying flat pulled at my incisions. Late Monday night I woke up screaming like a woman attacked. Mark ran into the room to help me – the guy looked half asleep and terrified. I’m such a lot of fun lately!

Her positive attitude is very inspiring. I don't know if I could be so brave and so open about my experiences.

Check out her blog for regular updates.

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