Maura Tierney played a nurse-turned-doctor on ER, but the actress says she was afraid to go the doctor before her breast cancer diagnosis.
"I was so, so scared of going to the doctor," Tierney tells Parade, speaking at length for the first time about her recent battle with the disease. "I felt something, and my boyfriend at the time made me go. He said, 'You've got to take care of this,' because I was afraid. That's one thing I will say: Don't be afraid to go to the damn doctor. Just go!"
Tierney will appear on Friday's Stand Up to Cancer telethon and will play a cancer patient when she returns to Rescue Me's final season. The actress is grateful that she was able to combat the disease through aggressive treatment.
"I was so lucky. I had insurance, I found a great team of doctors at UCLA, and I could afford not to work while I was getting treated," she says. "From the beginning my doctor told me, 'You're going to be okay,' and I chose to believe him. So there was always that in my head.
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