How I Met Your Mother star re­veals her battle with can­cer

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Ann Olden­burg

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.”

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