Olivia Munn Shares Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Olivia Munn shared she has been diagnosed with breast cancer: "I hope by sharing this it will help others find comfort, inspiration and support on their own journey."

By Kisha Forde Mar 13, 2024 3:38 PMTags
Watch: Olivia Munn Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Double Mastectomy Procedure

Olivia Munn is opening up about a health battle.

The Newsroom star shared she has been diagnosed with breast cancer, noting that the diagnosis came last winter after she took a genetic test that had negative results.

"In the past ten months, I've had four surgeries," Olivia wrote in a March 13 Instagram post, "so many days spent in bed I can't even count and learned more about cancer, cancer treatment and hormones than I could ever have imagined. Surprisingly, I only cried twice. I guess I haven't felt like there was time to cry. My focus narrowed and I tabled any emotions that I felt would interfere with my ability to stay clearheaded."

As the actress, who shares 2-year-old son Malcolm with John Mulaney, went on to explain, "I've tended to let people see me when I have energy when I can get dressed and get out of the house, when I can take my baby boy to the park. I've kept the diagnosis and the worry and the recovery and the pain medicine and the paper gowns private."

"I needed to catch my breath," she continued, "and get through some of the hardest parts before sharing."

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The 43-year-old went on to share that she underwent a double mastectomy and credited her doctor with saving her life.

"I'm lucky," she wrote. "We caught it with enough time that I had options. I want the same for any woman who might have to face this one day."

The Daily Show alum also paid tribute to the loved ones she had by her side throughout this journey.


"I'm so thankful for my friends and family for loving me through this," she continued. "I'm so thankful to John for the nights he spent researching what every operation and medication meant and what side effects and recovery I could expect. For being there before I went into each surgery and being there when I woke up, always placing framed photos of little boy Malcolm so it would be the first thing I saw when I opened my eyes."

And she expressed gratitude for those who have been on a similar path and have helped her through this process.

"Thank you to the friends who've had breast cancer," she wrote, "and the friends who connected me to friends who've had breast cancer for guiding me through some of my most uncertain and overwhelming moments."

Shortly after detailing her journey, Olivia received an outpouring of support from friends, colleagues and celebs sending their well wishes. Her boyfriend John also wrote a touching message on behalf of himself and their baby boy, commenting, "Thank you for fighting so hard to be here for us. Malc and I adore you."

Additionally, Lindsey Vonn noted, "You are brave and strong and I'm thankful you are ok. Sending all the love." Added actress Kristin Davis, "Your experience is so powerful to share! Sending you so much love and strength, so grateful you found out early and can only imagine the emotional roller coaster you have been on."

Keep reading for more moving messages of support.

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After Olivia Munn shared her breast cancer diagnosis on Instagram March 13, she received a flood of well-wishes from fans, friends and fellow stars.

John Mulaney

"Thank you for fighting so hard to be here for us," the comedian wrote to his partner. "Malc and I adore you."

Julianne Hough

"Thank you for sharing you brave and courageous soul," the Dancing With the Stars host noted appreciatively. "Saving lives."

Kaley Cuoco

"Thank you for sharing this!" the Big Bang Theory actress commented on Instagram. "Wow."

Jessica Chastain

"You are very generous to share your story," the Oscar winner commented on Munn's post. "I believe in doing so, you’ve saved lives. So much love to you and your family."

Katie Couric

"I have been thinking about you. Maybe this is why," the veteran jounalist commented on Munn's post. "Sending you love and gratitude for sharing this. And a huge virtual hug."

Couric is also a breast cancer survivor, having gone public with her diagnosis in 2022.

Matt Bomer

"You are so strong Olivia!" the Fellow Travelers star wrote. "Grateful you found this early. Sending you love always."

Ariel Winter

"Sending you and your family love & healing vibes," the Modern Family alum commented. "You are so strong."

Minka Kelly

"Thank you for sharing this and in this way,"  the Friday Night Lights alum commented on Instagram, applauding Munn's detailed story. "You and your strength and vulnerability in equal measure are so beautiful. Sending you biggest love."

Niecy Nash

"I love you friend," the Emmy winner told her pal. "May God continue to bless you with good health and a long happy life."

Kristin Davis

"Your experience is so powerful to share!" the Sex and the City actress commented. "Sending you so much love and strength , so grateful you found out early and can only imagine the emotional roller coaster you have been on."

Mindy Kaling

The Office alum commented, "I love you."

Lindsey Vonn

"You are brave and strong and I’m thankful you are ok," the Olympic athlete wrote. "Sending all the love."

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