“Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 58, may not have taken home a trophy at this year’s Emmy awards, but there’s no doubt she’s a winner in the hearts of the SurvivorNet community. After having a double mastectomy and reconstruction as part of her breast cancer treatment, Julia Louis-Dreyfus was named “best dressed” at the Emmys by a number of media outlets — an award that has as much to do with confidence as it does with the dress or outfit.
The decision about whether to undergo a double mastectomy in order to stop or prevent breast cancer can be extremely difficult. But women weighing their options may find comfort and inspiration in Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who made the tough call to have her breasts removed, and less than a year later seemed totally confident in her golden gown at the Emmys. The dress’s neckline, far from covering up her new breasts, showed a lot of pride in her post-operation body.Read More
Louis-Dreyfus was nominated for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series” for her performance playing Selina Meyer on the HBO series, “Veep.” This was Louis-Dreyfus’ seventh consecutive Emmy Nomination for “Veep,” and if she had won, she would have broken a record for the most Emmy Awards for a single role. This nomination was particularly inspiring because it honored her performance in the seventh and final season of “Veep,” which she filmed directly after a year of intense treatment for breast cancer chemotherapy as well as her breast removal surgery.
And Louis-Dreyfus’ supporters, who have followed her throughout her cancer battle, were proud of her radiance and confidence so shortly after her recovery. “I still don’t know what to do. It breaks me so much that she beat the cancer in less than 6 months to just Film this season which turned out to be the best season of @veephbo ever!” one supporter wrote in an Instagram post alongside photos of Louis-Dreyfus in her gown at the Emmys.
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( if you don’t know her or don’t like her please make yourself comfortable out of my page and if you’re otherwise don’t forget to swipe left ) So basically what we learned in past 8 months : Do never ever wear gold if you’re favorite to win! . Jokes aside you must know how big fan of queen JLD I am and how I worship her . So yesterday was literally a shock to me . I still don’t know what to do . It breaks me so much that she beat the cancer in less than 6 months to just Film this season which turned out to be the best season of @veephbo ever! She gave her best performance ( especially the finale) and yet she was there loosing all the awards. She’s just my precious and she deserved to make a history . I don’t know . I am tbh so tired and sad to write some stuff here so I am gonna be in my bed crying . If you need me just send me a message saying it was all a nightmare and JLD actually won.
Other supporters wrote on social media about her Emmys look, and how incredible a recovery she has made after cancer, “She certainly looks great, having overcome breast cancer…she’s inspiring.”
Louis-Dreyfus spoke to E! on the red carpet, saying that she was a little bit jittery, and that she loved the opportunity to reunite with the rest of the Veep cast at the Emmys, “I’m nervous. I don’t know why. I think I might be having a nervous breakdown. I’m kidding. But I am a little bit nervous, but excited. It’s an opportunity to be together with our whole cast again and we all really, truly love each other, even though the characters on the show don’t. So it’s a lovely thing to think about reuniting with everyone tonight.”
About her numerous awards for her role in Veep, she said it can sometimes make her feel too lucky, “It’s sort of an embarrassment of riches.”
And that she’s just grateful for the Emmys she does have, “I can’t believe this has happened. But it hasn’t happened yet. I’m so happy to have won so many times in the past that I’m delighted with that.
“If it happens, great. If it doesn’t, my mind will be blown,” she joked. “Somebody else deserving will get one. I’m cool with either scenario.”
Louis-Dreyfus also posted a photo on Instagram the day before the Emmys, to show how much fun she was having getting dressed up, putting on jewels, and making-up her face. “I’m out of my mind for these earrings @ireneneuwirth and my hairdo @matthewmonzon and my makeup on my face @karenkawahara and the lighting in my bathroom,” she wrote.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s cancer journey
A lot of people know about Louis-Dreyfus’ cancer journey; she did, after all, announce her diagnosis to the world over Twitter, and she kept her fans updated on her social media accounts as she went through treatment. But what a lot of people find surprising — and completely inspiring — is that the Emmy award she is up for this Sunday is for a season of “Veep” she filmed directly after going through six rounds of chemotherapy and her double mastectomy.
Just when you thought… pic.twitter.com/SbtYChwiEj
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) September 28, 2017
The actress and comedian has since opened up about how returning to work filming “Veep” kept her motivated and focused throughout her difficult treatment — and gave her something to look forward to.
The attitude that Louis-Dreyfus maintained throughout her cancer journey has inspired so many, including fans of hers who are going through difficult cancer journeys themselves. She recently retweeted, for instance, a letter from a 17-year-old fan named Rosa-Gallica who shared that she, too was going through a tough course of treatment for her melanoma, and when she learned her favorite actress, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, had been diagnosed with cancer as well, she immediately felt less alone.
“We did not have the same cancer at all,” Rosa-Gallica wrote in her letter. “But still. I wasn’t the only one in pain. I felt understood, even though I knew you had no idea what I was going through.”
Information about deciding to have a mastectomy
Mastectomy is the removal of the entire breast during surgery, and it is a very common treatment for breast cancer. There are a number of factors to weigh when considering a mastectomy, chief among them is whether breast-conserving surgery (or lumpectomy) is possible. Your doctor will look at the size and features of your tumor as well as your family history in order to make a recommendation.
Dr. Anne Partridge and Dr. Elizabeth Comen on when to think about a mastectomy
A lot of women also decide to have mastectomies in order to prevent cancer, if they have a high risk of developing the illness. “Depending on the size and other features, such as family history, a patient may opt for more aggressive surgery,” says Dr. Elizabeth Comen, Medical Oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “And so even for early stage one breast cancer, a woman may elect a mastectomy to remove her whole breast.”