How I Met Your Mother star reveals her battle with cancer
COBIE Smulders, the smouldering actress from How I Met Your Mother, graces the May cover of Women’s Health magazine. She’s topless, smiling and she appears to be in great shape.
But Smulders, 33, is revealing in her interview with the magazine that she has been battling cancer, something she has never spoken publicly about before.
The Vancouver-born actress says she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer during Season 3 of HIMYM, when she was 25.
“I had tumours on both ovaries,” she says, “and the cancer had spread into my lymph nodes and surrounding tissues.”
It took multiple surgeries over the course of two years to remove the cancerous tissue, according to the magazine.
“I don’t think I’ll ever feel like I’m cancer-free,” says Smulders, who married Saturday Night Live star Taran Killam in 2012 and welcomed their second baby at the start of this year.
“Now that I’m five years out, I’m trying to think of it as a positive thing and what can I learn from it. And if I can create more awareness, I’ll do it.”
As for what the word “healthy” means to her now?
“I always associate ‘healthy’ with ‘healthy eating.’ I’m big into ‘you are what you eat’ and if you’re taking care of yourself in that respect, then you’re going to feel good. Look good, feel good.”
Oh, and about going topless, she says, “Because it’s a women’s magazine, I feel like being topless is more about being confident and about being happy with your body rather than trying to excite somebody else. That’s what this cover was more about.”