Ray Romano, Anna Scarpulla Romano

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Ray Romano's real life isn't always laughter and witty banter with his better half.

Indeed, the 54-year-old comedian and wife Anna recently faced a very serious health issue together...In February 2010, the Everybody Loves Raymond star's wife of 24 years learned that she had "invasive breast cancer."

But just what did that mean for her, Ray, and their four children?

They'd have to get through the experience together.

Anna told People that while losing her hair during four rounds of chemotherapy was tough, she really struggled with having to focus so much on herself. "I take on everybody's stress, but this had to be all about me," she said. "I'm not like that!"

Ray explained that the couple went public "to share our experience, yeah, but [also] to have an impact...Our goal is to help people."

Thankfully, Anna has made a full recovery from her stage-one breast cancer.

"We dodged a bullet," Ray said. "Now we want to give back."

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