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Julia Louis-Dreyfus speaks out about her recovery from breast cancer and what she’s up to next

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Peabody)

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who in 2017 famously announced her breast cancer diagnosis just after taking home her record-breaking 11th Emmy Award, has reportedly recovered from her treatment for the deadly disease and is now helping lead a campaign to help provide financial assistance to breast-cancer patients who cannot afford reconstructive surgery following a mastectomy.

She said the treatment and overcoming the disease has had an odd effect on her. “I feel different, but I can’t quite articulate how,” she said in an interview with InStyle. “I’ve come out the other side of this, and I’m still not exactly sure how to define the difference other than I’m grateful of course, but it’s more than that. It’s bigger.”

“1 in 8 women get breast cancer,” she wrote on social media at the time. “Today I’m the one.”

Dreyfus will now serve as the face of Saks Fifth Avenue’s Key to the Cure campaign, which has raised more than $40 million for various cancer charities over the past 20 years by selling specialty designer T-shirts. For this year’s campaign, Dreyfus became the first Key to the Cure ambassador to directly participate in the designing of the T-shirt, the proceeds of which will go directly to funding the Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery Foundation. On Twitter, she posted a short video announcing her involvement.

“There are plenty of women who decide not to get reconstruction, which is fine,” said the popular Seinfeld and Veep star. “But if you want it and can’t afford it, that’s heartbreaking to me. The gap between the haves and the have-nots in our country — it’s a very wide divide right now. I’m lucky enough to be in a union where I get fabulous benefits. Not everyone is so lucky.”

“I don’t pretend that I am a fashion designer, but I did have a notion of what the shirt should be,”. she continued. “Particularly this year, when the power of women is so crucial, and it’s so vital to keep in place. So I thought the T-shirt should reflect that.” Her T-shirt, according to InStyle, “features a bold fuchsia and orange floral graphic.”

Dreyfus is also reportedly set to make her return to Veep, the production of which had been delayed while she went through treatment.

Read the full story at InStyle.

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