Actress, comedian and producer Julia Louis-Dreyfus, known for playing such iconic roles as Elaine Benes on Seinfeld and Selina Meyer on VEEP, announced on Thursday morning that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Louis-Dreyfus tweeted out a short letter telling her followers that, although she has breast cancer, she has an incredible circle of support, and that she couldn’t be more thankful for her friends and family. She also wrote that many other women are not as fortunate, and that it’s important to continue the fight for universal healthcare.
The note reads:
1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one.
The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal healthcare a reality.
Messages of love and support came pouring in from Julia’s fans, as well as many of her colleagues (including her VEEP costars).
“Our love and support go out to Julia and her family at this time,” HBO reportedly said in a statement to PEOPLE. “We have every confidence she will get through this with her usual tenacity and undaunted spirit, and look forward to her return to health and to HBO for the final season of Veep.”
While this certainly isn’t an easy battle, Louis-Dreyfus has already surmounted considerable odds in her career (and won a record number of Emmys), so she has plenty of grit and gumption to kick this breast cancer right out the door.
We’re sending our good thoughts (and little kicks) your way, Julia. Give ’em hell.