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11 Celeb Moms Who Beat Breast Cancer

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Suzanne Somers known for her roles in Three’s Company and those amazing 80s exercise videos—was diagnosed at the age of 55, in 2001, and had half of her breast removed. At the time, the two most common breast reconstruction options were breast implants and TRAM flap (using some of the muscle in your lower abdomen), and Somers wasn’t a fan of either. She researched and helped to bring the first medical trials to the United States for cell-assisted lipotransfer (or stem cell breast reconstruction), and ultimately became the first American woman to have the surgery. On getting well, Somers said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, “I decided I would value sleep because up until that time, I’d go to bed at three o’clock and getting five hours of sleep maybe, which I now know is such a game changer, and I value sleep. People say to me, ‘Oh, it’s so much work what you do.’ I go, ‘Yeah, but it’s a lot more work to be sick.'”

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