Notable child star Joanna Kerns has been diagnosed with cancer. She needs your prayers today.
The 64-year-old actress is best known for starring alongside Kirk Cameron as Maggie Malone Seaver on “Growing Pains,” has said she has had surgery since being diagnosed, and so far, it appears that the cancer is gone.
“Had I not caught my cancer this early on, I would have had to have a year of chemotherapy, and because of the reoccurrence and aggressiveness of this particular type of cancer, which was non-invasive HER2, I chose to do the mastectomy,” Kerns said.
“What was really interesting about this process is that breast cancer does not run in my family,” she explained. “I have been vigilant about screenings and exams, except this time I had missed a couple of years in there due to work and family issues, and suddenly I turn around, and it’s two years later, and I hadn’t done it and I have cancer — it was quite shocking.”
This shows how anyone can be susceptible to the dreadful illness.
This comes just months after her TV-husband and good friend Alan Thicke passed away. “It was so devastating,” said Kerns. “It was just a very, very hard time. I did go to the memorial four weeks out, and I was very happy to see my whole cast and my producers and dear friends.”
Please send prayers for Joanna!
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