For six seasons, television viewers knew Fran Drescher as the wise-cracking lead character on The Nanny. Then, in 2000, millions began to identify her with something far more serious—uterine cancer.
Fran clearly remembers the moment she received her diagnosis. "I was laying in bed watching TV when the phone rang, and it was the doctor," she says. "I literally dropped to my knees and wept."
In the beginning, Fran says she was overcome with negative thoughts. "I immediately thought, 'I'm going to die,'" she says. "I was told in that call that I would definitely need to get a hysterectomy, which is a difficult operation for any woman, but for one who had never had children, like myself, it's a particularly bitter pill to swallow."