NEW CANAAN, Conn. — Supermodel Jill Goodacre of New Canaan revealed that she has been secretly battling breast cancer for five years.
Goodacre spoke in an exclusive interview with People magazine along with her husband, talk show host, musician and actor Harry Connick Jr.
The 53-year-old former Victoria's Secret model also said she has been struggling with weight gain from drug regimen — she takes Tamoxifen — as part of her recovery, according to People.
Connick said via Twitter on Wednesday: "thank you @people, for giving jill and me the opportunity to share this... if this info can help just one person, we’re happy."
Goodacre was diagnosed five years ago with Stage 1 breast cancer — invasive ductal carcinoma — after a biopsy, then underwent have back-to-back surgeries and radiation. The lump was initially detected with a sonogram, not a mammogram, according to People.
"I was scared I was going to lose her, absolutely. I wasn’t going to let her see that, but I was," Connick told People.
Goodacre told People about the side effects of the medication. "I've always been a pretty fit person, and so to be just rounder and heavier and not to really be able to do much about it — that’s been hard. It’s taken a lot out of my self-confidence," she said.
They kept her diagnosis private to not "somehow jinx it," she told People.
But Goodacre and Connick came forward after her five-year mark to call attention to breast cancer and help other women.
Jill Goodacre will appear on her husband's talk show, "Harry," on Thursday. The shows airs at 1 p.m. on NBC Connecticut and at 2 p.m. on Fox 5 from New York.
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