8 Beloved TV Characters Who Battled Breast Cancer
These inspirational characters put public faces to this deadly disease.
Kristina Braverman’s (Monica Potter) breast cancer diagnosis on the second episode of this season’s Parenthood may not have played out as is does in real life—being called into the office immediately after a mammogram, silence, all overplayed by Iron & Wine’s haunting “Naked As We Come.” But the strained smile and tears as Kristina waved across a parking lot to husband Adam, the look of distress that pulled him toward her to see what was wrong—that felt very real.
Television scripts and actors may not always get the real story of breast cancer right. Bringing the experiences to screen, however, has changed the way we think, speak and view the true-life patients and survivors of cancer. TV keesp us very up-to-date and aware, reminding us all through fundraising or gentle nudges or walks for the cure to get a mammogram.
In a nod to Breast Cancer Awareness month, we’re taking a look at the television characters who were diagnosed with this gut-wrenching disease during prime time.