What Cobie Smulders Wants You to Know About Ovarian Cancer

What Cobie Smulders Wants You to Know About Ovarian Cancer

When Cobie Smulders was 25| she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer . . . but until now| the world never knew. The actress had been filming How I Met Your Mother season three when doctors discovered her frightening condition| and she spent the next two years secretly fighting a battle for her health. Now| she is sharing her story with Women’s Health magazine in hopes that she can help spread awareness about the disease.

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“”I had tumors on both ovaries|”” Smulders told the mag about the experience| “”and the cancer had spread into my lymph nodes and surrounding tissues.”” After several surgeries| the cancerous tissue was finally removed . . . but the battle stayed with her.

“”I don’t think I’ll ever feel like I’m cancer-free|”” the actress said of her recovery. “”Now that I’m five years out| I’m trying to think of it as a positive thing and what can I learn from it. And if I can create more awareness| I’ll do it.”” Knowledge about ovarian cancer symptoms is the first step to this awareness.

Thankfully| the Avengers actress is in great health these days u2014 happily married and a new mom| Smulders actually shot the Women’s Health cover a mere two months after childbirth! Read the rest of her intimate interview in the May issue| which is on newsstands now.