Rita Wilson Is Officially 'Cancer Free' and 'One Hundred Percent Healthy' as She Prepares to Go on Tour
Rita Wilson is happy to report she’s kicked breast cancer.
“I am cancer free. I’m one hundred percent healthy!” the actress revealed at The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Breakfast presented by Lifetime on Wednesday.
Wilson was diagnosed with breast cancer in March and she took a medical leave of absence from Fish in the Dark, the Broadway play she was costarring in opposite Larry David.
But nearly a month after undergoing a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, as Wilson exclusively revealed in a statement to PEOPLE, the actress was able to resume her role on stage.
While she recovered, Wilson’s spirits were buoyed by an outpouring of support from friends, family and fans around the world. “I am overwhelmed with gratitude by your prayers and good wishes and the kindness you’re sending,” Wilson Tweeted after the news of her diagnosis broke. “Thank you. Thank you.”
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Now, Wilson is looking forward to going on her first tour with her band in good health. “I’ll start in New York at the Cafe Carlyle for two weeks on February 23rd,” she explained to PEOPLE of the tour. “Then I have a couple weeks off, and then I start again at the end of March. I’ll go through all the April and part of May. It’s going to be hilarious. Me on a tour bus with my band members,” she laughed.
Her husband, Tom Hanks, plans to accompany her on the road. “He’s already said, ‘I am coming on the tour bus!’ So I had to get one with a bigger bed. So that was important. He’s coming. He’s going to be on tour … He’s a roadie,” she joked.
In addition to being excited for her first ever cross country drive, Wilson says her recent recovery has added meaning to the tour. “I feel really blessed and very lucky,” she says, adding, “Part of the reason for going on tour is that I want to show people that you can have cancer, and you can still be out there doing what you love to do, and it’s not a death sentence like it used to be.”