A very brave Christina Applegate has undergone a double mastectomy to rid herself of any chances she would have to deal with breast cancer again in the future.
"Sometimes I cry. Sometimes I scream, and I get really angry and I get really into wallowing in self-pity sometimes, and I think it's all part of healing," she admitted of having the surgery. But the actress, who announced earlier this month that she was battling the disease, can say now that she is "100%" free of cancer.
"I'm clear," the Samantha Who? star told Good Morning America in an interview airing Tuesday. "Absolutely 100 percent clear and clean. It did not spread. They got everything out, so I'm definitely not going to die from breast cancer."
Such a relief for Christina, who opened up to GMA about how she initially reacted to the diagnosis.
"I was so mad," she admitted. "I was just shaking and - and then also immediately, I had to go into... 'take-care-of-business-mode,' which was ... I asked them, 'What do I do now? What - what is it that I do? I get a doctor, I get a surgeon, I get an oncologist? What do I do?"
The actress' mom also had breast cancer, which led to mastectomy, when Christina was just a kid. Having the family history, Christina did what she was supposed to, and began getting mammograms at age 30.
Pretty smart -- because it probably just saved her life.
"I watched her have a mastectomy, and then I watched her go through two years of chemotherapy and eight surgeries and a hysterectomy," Christina said of her mom, who she called "a quiet warrior. I've watched this woman survive both of those things, so for me there was always that sense that I was going to be okay, no matter what."
As for reconstructive surgery she'll undergo over the next few months, Christina has managed to keep her sense of humor. "I'm gonna have cute boobs till I'm 90."
I'm so blown away by Christina's openness and bravery. What an inspiration.