Mindy Cohn of 'Facts of Life’ Kept Her Cancer a Secret for Years: ‘I Was Frustrated and Enraged’
Five years, half a decade, that was the time that Mindi Cohn was fighting a battle against breast cancer. A silent battle since when she received the diagnosis she retired to recover.
The 51-year-old actress, best known for her role as Michelle Green in the 80’s show 'Facts of Life' series, in which she was part of the original cast and worked during the nine seasons of the series.
She received the breast cancer diagnosis in 2012 and kept fighting with the disease for several years, but she never made it public until now. She says that everything started one morning when she felt particularly exhausted and unable to go for a walk.
She called her friend Hellen Hunt, and told her something bad was happening with her because it was not normal for her to feel so tired, and her friend went to help her. When she went to the doctor, the scanner showed something in her breast and when she found out, the doctor was already doing a biopsy.
After confirming her diagnosis of breast cancer, everything became a rush to try various treatments. Mindi was subjected to chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and double total mastectomy. Each surgical interventions and treatments further drained her physical strength.
However, she decided to stop her career and move away from Hollywood to recover. She made the decision to get away from the turmoil of everyday life and move to a farm in Sharon Springs, New York, the home of her friends Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, the stars of the show “The Fabulous Beekman Boys”.
"I've always been an optimist, but the cancer metastasized. It kept spreading and coming back," she commented that this was her mental and emotional state during the time of treatment.
"I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, and then it would. And then I'd wait for another shoe to drop, and it would. I was frustrated and enraged. I couldn't control any of this. I couldn't fix it."
On her friends beautiful country property, she found the peace and tranquility she needed to recover. She says that they are her family and that they have always been there for her.
Currently, Mandi is cancer free, she is a survivor and is back in Hollywood. She has become active on her Twitter and Instagram. She has travel plans with her dear friends and is also waiting for an acting role that allows her to return to the small screens and enjoy it.
“I’m feeling great,” she says. “And I’m so ready to get back to working. I think I’m a good actress, and I have a lot to offer. I’m excited to see what I get to do next!”