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MARCIA CROSS What I Learned from Cancer

AFTER BEING DIAGNOSED WITH ANAL CANCER, SHE FOUND STRENGTH IN FAMILY AND FRIENDS. NOW SHE’S SPEAKING OUT TO HELP OTHERS
Lady in Red Cross (in L.A. on Feb. 8) opted to wear extensions for her shoot. Without them, “I call it my David Bowie-Klute look,” she says, laughing. “Seriously!”

Taking a deep breath, Marcia Cross looks out at the sun setting over the Hollywood Hills. It’s been nearly a year and a half since she was diagnosed with anal cancer and then successfully treated for the disease. Now she’s beginning to feel like herself again “but different,” she says. “Whenever you have cancer, you think, ‘I just want to get back to my life.’ Afterwards you realize you will never be the same.” Posing for her first photo shoot since revealing her diagnosis, Cross, 57, exudes an appreciation for life. When she catches a glimpse of herself in a nearby mirror, she smiles. “Oh, it feels like me again,” she says softly, admiring the resilient woman looking back at her. “A new me.”

When doctors told the former Desperate Housewives star that she had cancer back in November 2017, she was no

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