Mandy Gonzalez from 'Hamilton' Reveals She's Battling Breast Cancer
Actress Mandy Gonzalez of "Hamilton" fame, recently opened up about her battle with breast cancer while speaking in an interview.
Early detection is the key to fighting off and staying ahead of any ailment, specifically cancer. With early detection, one can adequately manage and live a comfortable lifestyle while still doing what one wants to do.
"Hamilton" star, Mandy Gonzalez has been able to stay ahead of cancer, and she is living life to the fullest due to early detection. In a recent interview with "People," she opened up about her battle.
IT STARTED WITH A TEST
While speaking to "People," Mandy said that she had gone for her usual checkup when the doctor offered her the option of a mammogram, and she decided to be proactive about it and give it a try. She said:
"I had the option of whether to get a mammogram or not, because I was of the age... and because breast cancer tends to impact Latina women at a younger age than the general population, I decided to get a mammogram."
The actress who played the "Angelica Schuyler" role in "Hamilton," revealed that although her family had no history of breast cancer, getting the mammogram was an action she is grateful for.
NOT COMPLETELY CLEAN
After the first mammogram, Mandy revealed that the ultrasound did not come back completely clean. As such, her doctor told her to wait for six months before doing another test.
The online community which came together in 2017, has been actively supporting her after she honored the group with her track, "Fearless".
When she went back for her follow-up appointment, it was then the doctors found more concerning signs, and Mandy was diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall of 2019, after which she had surgery weeks later in November.
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CANCER CAN'T STOP MANDY
Thanks to her early detection, Mandy has been at the forefront of her treatment, and she is championing her life by actively taking the driver's seat when it comes to decisions about her health and medications. Mandy expressed:
"Everything happened very fast; I was very fortunate that they were able to catch it early; it's important for women to know that early detection is key."
The mother of one also mentioned that she is not letting Cancer stop her as she continues to reprise her role in the Broadway musical "Hamilton" and be a mother to her energetic daughter.
A FULL SUPPORT SYSTEM
The "Fearless" singer is not in this battle alone as she has the support of her friends, family and cast members. Not only does her cast support and help her, she also has the backing on an entire online community called the "Fearless Squad."
The online community which came together in 2017, has been actively supporting her after she honored the group with her track, "Fearless" in the album she released later that year.
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“Traveler there is no trail, the path is made by walking // Caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar.” In May 2017, we embarked on an adventure together of #FearlessSquad. Since then, we have shared our hopes and dreams, celebrated our victories, and helped each other get up when we fall. We have been honest about our fears, knowing that courage lives best in community. It has been an honor to see how many lives we have been able to touch, and now I need all of you. What I'm about to tell you is scary for me. But that's what #FearlessSquad is all about. To face our fears … together. I have breast cancer. OK. I said it aloud. One less thing to fear. As you can imagine, I have a range of emotions – worry and anger, for sure, but also gratitude. Gratitude because along with millions of other brave people around the world, I will fight it. Over the course of my life, I have played many roles that I am very proud of: singer, actress, author, daughter, sister, wife, and mother. To this list I look forward to adding one more: Mandy Gonzalez, cancer survivor. There is no going back to the way things were before. I can only go forward, courageously with you. And I know I am not alone in this battle; as I go through this I am sending so much strength and love to others out there like me fighting this challenge. Keep going! We got this! Throughout treatment, I will continue the wonderful honor of playing Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theater. So #FearlessSquad I hope you’ll be by my side on this next journey. There will be times to laugh and times to cry. Happy or sad, they will be reminders that we can do anything together. With love and gratitude, Mandy xo
Mandy Gonzalez expressed that it was a relief and a guide for her to have such amazing people willing to go the length for her and themselves.
She, however, said that it is not easy to be open about such a personal battle. The wife, mother, actress, singer, and squad leader has said that nothing changes, and Cancer does not define her.