Julia Louis-Dreyfus‘s style, courage, and ability to inspire are on extraordinary display after she revealed her breast cancer diagnosis. The TV star — and there are none brighter, she took home her record-setting 6th straight Emmy for VEEP last week — met the cancer diagnosis with gravity, optimism and somehow also threw in marching orders to use it to inspire others. “1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one,” she wrote. Not only did Louis-Dreyfus take the diagnosis courageously, she immediately used her platform and her personal challenge to fight for others less lucky. It takes somebody exceptional to think they’re not the least lucky person around so soon after a cancer diagnosis, but Louis-Dreyfus, 56, is exactly that. After saying she had great insurance through her union, Louis-Dreyfus wrote: “The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal healthcare a reality.”
Former vice president Joe Biden was among the many well-known people to reach out and cheer on Louis-Dreyfus in her battle. He used humor including a photo, and sounded bittersweet. “We Veeps stick together. Jill and I, and all of the Bidens, are with you, Julia,” Biden wrote on Twitter. Biden’s sympathy has deeper roots than just the vice presidential gig he shares with Louis-Dreyfus, hers fictional and his IRL. Biden lost his son Beau to brain cancer in 2015. Beau was just 46.
We Veeps stick together. Jill and I, and all of the Bidens, are with you, Julia. pic.twitter.com/JP0c2wtrJ6
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 28, 2017