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The Fran Drescher Interview (Page 1 of 2)
An Interview with Fran Drescher
First of all, you have to take notes.
You have to ask questions and go on the
Internet and know what your symptoms may
be and what tests could be available.
If your doctor seems busy or seems like
he's not giving you the amount of
attention that you need, you have to
move on. You can't be a child.
He's not a parent; he's not a god.
Your doctor is a person, who is busy,
has a lot of other patients, has his own
personal life, has his own personal
problems. Ultimately, it's your
responsibility to take control of your
body. I don't give anyone power of
attorney over my money, so why should I
do it over my body? Early
detection equals survival when it comes
to cancer, but so many symptoms can be
mistaken for much more benign illnesses.
People never thought they should be
partners with their physicians in the
way they really need to be. There
are more and more specialists, and if
you're not on top of the game, you're
really putting your life in someone
else's hands, and that is a terrible
think you've been a caregiver to a lot
of people since the book came out.
Yes. I feel like it's been good
for me. I feel like I'm really
helping people. I went to a
fundraiser and a woman said, “You saved
my life. I went to the doctor and I felt
something in my breast and he said
‘You're too young for a mammogram; let's
just watch it.’ And I said, ‘No.
I read Fran Drescher's book. I am
not too young and I insist that you give
it to me.’” And P.S., she had breast
cancer. Two kids, a husband, in
her late twenties. So there you
One of the things that I appreciated
about Cancer Schmancer is how
it read as such an intimate
thought that if I was going to tell this
story, I had to tell it in a way that's
real; otherwise, who needs to pay 23
bucks? We've heard the cancer
stories before. But, has anyone
ever talked about what it's like to have
sex for the first time after having a
radical hysterectomy? I don't
think so. I think it's important for
both men and women alike to know that,
a) you can have a full sexual life and
b) things do get back to normal.
You can find each other again in a way
that's very satisfying and fulfilling.
I wrote about it all. I'm a
celebrity and I'm talking about my
misshapen body and the black and blue
and the cruel gash that they cut into
me. It's very raw, but it's very funny,
and that is what I think makes the book.
One of the things I learned from this
experience is that side by side with
grief lies joy. It's hard to find it,
but it's important that you see it; it's
always there. People would say to
me, “My mother was in the hospital and
we watched The Nanny, and that
was a time we could sit together and
just laugh and not think about the
misery of what we're going through.”
It makes me so happy, because those are
memories that they will have long after
the person may pass on; they were