Hallmark star and breast cancer survivor Alicia Witt got a pleasant surprise recently while waiting to see her doctor.
“didn’t expect to see one of my favorite movies i’ve ever been a part of while i waited for my post-mastectomy checkup,” wrote the actress, author, and musician in an Instagram post.
On the wall, a television was showing her 2013 Hallmark movie A Very Merry Mix.
“What a Godwink,” wrote fellow Hallmark star Nikki De Loach in the comments section.
The actress revealed earlier this year that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a unilateral mastectomy following six rounds of chemotherapy at the end of 2021. She kept the news to herself until after she finished treatment, even though she was in the public eye following the death of her parents in their Massachusetts home in December.
“i did not want to share this journey until i received the good news,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “i needed to spend every bit of my energy focused on healing. a handful of closest soul companions were my confidantes, my lifeline and my refuge. as i’ve told them — i have no idea how i would have made it through without them.”
She called the experience a blessing.
“These last six months have been the absolute strangest i could ever have imagined,” she wrote. “And amidst this, the biggest of blessings.”
Breast cancer diagnosis
According to Witt, in the fall of 2021 doctors removed a lump from her breast and performed a biopsy.
“A lump i was told by multiple practitioners, including the one who performed my biopsy, was ‘likely’ nothing to worry about — more on that, and the anomalies we need to look out for, in a later post,” she wrote.
On November 4, she received a call from her doctor.
“Everything else came to a grinding halt as i began a crash course on all i would need to learn,” she said.
A pleasant surprise
In her most recent Instagram post, Witt said she is still cancer free.
“all is 100% well by the way – thank you god!” she wrote.
Having one of her favorite Hallmark movies on the TV while she waited was a happy coincidence.
A classically trained pianist, Alicia Witt made her onscreen debut in the 1984 movie Dune. She went on to star in the CBS series Cybill and had parts on The Sopranos, Friday Night Lights, and The Walking Dead. She has made several movies for the Hallmark Channel, including Christmas at Cartwright’s (2014), and Christmas Tree Lane (2020).
In A Very Merry Mix-Up, which premiered in 2013, she co-starred with Mark Wiebe and Lawrence Dane.