Maura Tierney on the Big C: 'I'm No Role Model'

pink ribbonI've liked Maura Tierney since she was on NewsRadio many years back, so I was sorry to hear she was dropping out of her role on Parenthood last year because she was being treated for breast cancer (although it worked well for Lauren Graham, who stepped into the role ... she's now dating costar Peter Krause).

She's got a new show coming up this fall, a legal drama called The Whole Truth, and a cute short haircut that is certainly a stylish spin on regrowing hair lost to chemotherapy. Maura Tierney talked with Parade this week for a story that ran on September 12, and I especially liked that she admits the experience of having cancer didn't turn her into a role model.


She tells the magazine:

"I've been misquoted a lot, and there's this tendency for people to put on to you how they think you should be or what they think you should feel. The truth is, I had my surgery, and I have two more months on this one drug. I haven't figured out where I want to focus my energies to help others, and I don't know what kind of wisdom to drop on anybody yet -- except for, you know, they can help people now."

What a refreshing change from the typical celebrity attitude of "I've faced a challenge, so I am now the world's foremost authority on surviving and positivity. Thank goodness I am so evolved and superior or I wouldn't have made it."

She says she's deeply grateful for her survival, of course, but adds she's still "bitchy in the mornings" so perhaps has a little more work to do.

One point that's a good takeaway for all of us ... go to the damn doctor if you feel something, she says. She felt a lump in her breast and was terrified to go to the doctor, but if she hadn't, her cancer would have been more advanced. I can relate ... I'm excellent at nagging my parents and husband to go in if they're worried but very, very bad at it myself.

It's good to hear she's doing well and looks terrific ... and very refreshing to see a celebrity be so down-to-earth.


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