Alicia Witt reveals that she began cancer treatment when her parents tragically died

Alicia Witt she is shedding new light on what she was going through during the sudden death of her parents.

Just six months after her they were the parents discovered dead in their Massachusetts home, the “Orange Is the New Black” actor posted a presentation on Instagram Wednesday that revealed she recently underwent treatment for breast cancer, including chemotherapy and mastectomy. He also said he started these treatments when his parents died in December.

In the first video of her presentation, the “Fun” star plays a gong to signify that she has completed chemotherapy.

“Just over 2 months ago, I had my last course of chemical therapy before my mastectomy,” wrote Witt.

“Although we still didn’t know with absolute certainty until after the mastectomy that the disease had completely healed from my left breast,” Witt said, this “marked the end” of her treatment with carboplatin and taxotere chemotherapy drugs. She said her treatment with Herceptin and Perjeta immunotherapies “will continue … until the end of this year,” citing the HER2-positive breast cancer treatment protocol.

The presentation also features a photo of her proudly holding her chemotherapy completion certificate.

In the caption of her post, Christmas movie queen Hallmark praised her “beloved, brilliant, collaborative, communicative doctor. Witt, 46, also wrote that she was surrounded by a” small crew of human angels “who held up the moral throughout her journey. In the presentation, the “Urban Legend” star wears a Penguin Cold Cap, a scalp cooling process known to minimize hair loss. She also emphasized what that cap meant to her.

Witt participates in the AFI FEST 2019.

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“While keeping hair was obviously the least of my worries on a broader level, I deeply wanted to keep my diagnosis private until she was 100% healed, God willing,” she wrote.

Witt made sure to thank those who “honored” her during her treatment by keeping it private and said that “these caps can really play a huge role in allowing a patient to reveal her journey in her spare time, when she is ready “.

“For me, this was such a necessary part of my recovery, particularly given the horrific public tragedy that happened in our family just as I was starting my treatments.”

Witt’s parents Robert Witt, 87, and Diane Witt, 75, were found dead in their home late last year by police after the actor asked a relative to check on them because he hadn’t heard from them since. several days.

The cause of their death was “probable cardiac arrhythmia” due to colds, according to death certificates, Telegram & Gazette reports it.

Police said the house’s heating system was not working at the time, according to the Associated Press.

Witt said in a Facebook post in January she had repeatedly offered help to her parents, but was always refused. She called her parents “fiercely stubborn” and said she had no idea they were without warmth. “Whenever I offered to get something fixed for them, they refused to let workers into their homes,” she wrote. “I prayed, I cried, I tried to reason with them, I tried to convince them to let me help them move, but every time they got angry with me, telling me that I had no right to tell them how to live their life and that they had everything under control” .

He concluded his post with love.

“Our last mutual words were ‘I love you’,” she wrote. “That part was simple; never in doubt. They loved me so much. I loved them so much. “