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Christina Applegate Had 'Total Emotional Collapse' After Double Mastectomy

Christina Applegate, who underwent a double mastectomy in 2008 after being diagnosed with breast cancer, says she had a "total emotional collapse" following the surgery.

The 40-year-old explains how she was denied the time to grieve because the information was out before she was ready to talk.

"I had two lumpectomies, and I was supposed to start radiation," she tells More magazine. "Then I found out I had the gene and my decision was to undergo the prophylactic double mastectomy."

"I was walking with my little IV drip thing, in my little robe. My friend said he saw someone take a picture of me. The next day I got a call from my publicist, who said, 'It's out.'"

"The good thing is that we got the information out, but talking about the facts of the disease, I didn't have to see what was going on with me. I think when it slowed down, all that came crashing down," she says.

The 'Up All Night' star says she was only able to overcame what she calls a "total emotional collapse" with the help of friends, family and her now fiance musician Martyn LeNoble.

"We had always cared deeply for one another when we were friends. And he came and put me under his wing. That was it – he was supposed to come."

Applegate, who had her first child in early 2011, hopes to have another, if she can.

"Because of some things that happened during my pregnancy, I don't know if I can. I hope I can. We'll see," she says.

October 25, 2012 |

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