“Modern Family” star Sofía Vergara talked about her personal experience with cancer twenty years ago during the “Stand Up to Cancer 2021” event.
“At 28 years old during a routine doctor’s visit, my doctor felt a lump in my neck. They did a lot of tests and finally told me that I had thyroid cancer. When you’re young and you hear that word ‘cancer,’ your mind goes to so many places,” she said.
After receiving her diagnosis, Sofía did her best to learn about the illness by reading books.
“I tried not to panic. I decided to take charge and inform myself. Of course, I couldn’t Google thyroid cancer from the comfort of my house back then, so I went to bookstores and found out everything I could about it,” she shared during a WebMD interview back in 2013.
The Colombian-American actress, now 49 years old, said that she was “fortunate” to have received support from both medical experts and her family and that the cancer was detected early. She also said that one of the things she learned from her experience was the importance of working together.
“I learned a lot during that time, not just about thyroid cancer but I also learned that in times of crisis, we’re better together.”
Sofía gave the current global pandemic situation as an example of how collaborative work saves lives. “We have all witnessed the power of coming together just this past year. Scientists around the globe collaborated in unprecedented ways to develop the COVID-19 vaccine in record time,” she said.
“Human rights activists took to the streets all over the world to support social justice and equality and people everywhere stepped up to support small businesses and entrepreneurs in their communities.”
In 2011, Sofía opened up to Health Magazine about why she kept her illness a secret before. “I didn’t want publicity because of that. Having cancer is not fun. You don’t want to deal with anything else while you’re going through it.”
She also shared how her life changed after surviving cancer. “When you go through something like this, it’s hard, but you learn a lot from it,” she said.
“Your priorities change. You don’t sweat the small stuff. And it had a good ending.”