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Friday, January 30, 2009
TV's Nanny on surviving cancer, lobbying D.C. and her tabled plans for a sitcom wih Rosie
Previews of my exclusive extras from my Great Health magazine interview with Fran "The Nanny" Drescher:
What’s up with your plans to do a sitcom with Rosie?
We have to find the right project. We were thinking of doing a sitcom together. But it hasn’t found a home yet, so we may have to go back to the drawing board. I’m very fatalistic. I’ve had so many irons in the fire. Maybe it’s not the right time for me, either (to return in a series). Maybe life is gonna take me in a whole other direction, and I’ll be glad I didn’t make a long-term (series) commitment. I like climbing new mountains. I don’t like to feel like I’m standing still. It was almost a nuance of relief when it didn’t come together the way I anticipated. And I kind of stepped back a bit and said, “Let’s see what’s happening.”
You’ve kept busy lately as a stage performer, writer. and sociopolitcal activist.
I was in Camelot in the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, and that also aired as a Live at Lincoln Center PBS special. I’m also deep in the throes of rewriting a screenplay. And I’ve just turned in my latest draft to a publisher for a children’s book. And of course the work I do as a women’s health advocate is probably the most significant and time-consuming, but it’s very worthwhile.
So then I started to remember all of the things that, you know, we’re human, that I write about in the book—things that transpired through this whole, tremendous, life-changing, growing experience. I always say I’m not glad I had cancer and I don’t wish it on anyone, but I am better for it. Sometimes the best gifts come in the ugliest packages.
Many people let fear of the unknown even prevent them from seeking a diagnosis.
The day when you can be in denial no more, and at that point it may be too late. Don’t be afraid to say, “This doesn’t feel right, something’s wrong with me and I’ve gotta figure it out right now.” Because God forbid, if it’s something serious, I want to be able to be cured of it. This kind of thinking goes against the way insurance companies want us to think. We’re done being drones and passive with our own health. That was back in the twentieth century. Now it’s a new dawn.
Because of the big business of insurance, who do not want to include the transvaginal ultrasound as basic healthcare, women are going for far too long without the information they need. And that has to stop. This is a kind of trickle-down effect of a society that really didn’t want to talk about gynecology at all. And for many years, until very recently, even the National Institute of Health didn’t have a gynecologic department. They had an obstetrics department. Nobody wanted to talk about a woman’s gynecology unless she was pregnant. And that’s why we’re in the mess we’re in right now with gynecology. This isn’t our only concern with the Cancer Schmancer movement, but it’s certainly become our first frontier. Because it’s absolutely the most neglected and the most in-the-dark issue.
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