Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support in the wake of her breast cancer diagnosis.
Since the 56-year-old star of Seinfeld, and more recently Veep, made the shock announcement on Twitter, her friends, family and fans have rallied around the award-winning actress.
“1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one,” Julie writes on social media soon after her historic sixth-straight Best Actress in a Comedy Emmy.
Julia’s son Henry says he appreciates the immense support his mother is receiving.
Taking to Twitter, Henry shared a throwback photo of him and Julia, along with the caption: “I couldn’t be more thankful for the outpouring of support for my mom yesterday. Here’s a picture of us taken last year. Love to you all”.
I couldn’t be more thankful for the outpouring of support for my mom yesterday. Here’s a picture of us taken last year. Love to you all. pic.twitter.com/Kd2QrE4Qb4
— Henry Hall (@henryhallmusic) September 29, 2017
Julia, 56, retweeted the post, along with her own message reading: “I’m thankful, too. And also thankful for my dear boy with good manners”.
The news comes at the start of national breast cancer awareness month in October, which aims to provide support, raise money and encourage women around Australia to take preventative measures to safeguard their health.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Australia and the second most common cancer to cause death in women, after lung cancer.
The risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer increases with age. Approximately 75% of new cases of breast cancer develop in women over the age of 50, with the average age of the first diagnosis in women being 60.
In announcing her diagnosis, Julia also took the opportunity to call for better health care in the US, and other countries without universal health care.
Julia, you’re in our thoughts and our hearts. Inspired but not surprised to see you using your platform for good in this difficult moment.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 28, 2017
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) September 30, 2017
“The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union,” Julie writes.
“The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.”