By peoplestaff225
Updated September 12, 2008 07:00 AM
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Learning in 2002 that she had breast cancer just one day after delivering her son Otis Joe, 6, was devastating for Amanda Mealing. That the diagnosis coincided with Otis’ birth provided the 40-year-old British actress with motivation to make a full recovery, however. "I was in treatment for nine months, from discovery to the end of chemo and radiotherapy, and with a newborn who didn’t sleep," Amanda explains. "But Otis kept me going. I had to get up for a baby who needed caring for."

In addition to Otis, Amanda and her husband Richard Sainsbury are parents to another son, Milo James, 8.