Actress Edie Falco, known for her roles on The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie, learned she had stage 1 breast cancer in September 2003. In an interview with Health magazine, Falco related that, at first, the breast cancer diagnosis left her gasping for breath, until she realized she was a strong woman and could fight it. Nowadays, not only is her career flourishing, but she also is raising two adopted children.
Actress Jaclyn Smith's breast cancer was found through her yearly mammogram and led to a lumpectomy and radiation in 2002. One piece of advice she shared with CNN is not to go it alone. Although her husband, a doctor himself, was a great source of strength and support, Smith noted, "One of the most important things you can do is remember the power of girlfriends…Girlfriends saved my day." In fact, one friend who was particularly helpful to Smith was a breast cancer survivor herself.