BTB: Jane Wilkens Michael talks Avenging Ovarian Cancer with Cobie Smulders


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Jane’s guest today is the sensational Cobie Smulders, a Canadian superstar who became universally known in America as Robin Sherbatzky on CBS’s long-running How I Met Your Mother, on S.H.I.E.L.D as Honcho Maria Hill, and as Lisa in the Netflix comedy Friends from College. In moviedom, she stars in the Avenger series --- including the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home. But what her legions of fans might not know about Cobie, is that at the age of 25, she was faced with a shocking diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Shortly after, she underwent several surgeries and has now been in remission for more than 10 years. Cobie’s experience as a successful survivor is still quite unusual. Many women don’t know they even have ovarian cancer until it’s already in advanced stages. Unfortunately, the majority will see it return. Understanding the need for education among women with this type of cancer, Cobie has partnered with TESARO, an oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company, on a campaign called “Not on My Watch.” They have combined, in a nationwide movement, to empower women with recurrent ovarian cancer to take proactive steps in managing their disease by making informed decision with their healthcare providers about their treatments. On this segment with Jane, Cobie, wife of TV star Taran Killam and mother of two young daughters, speaks about her experience with ovarian cancer, her advice for others, as well as her inspiring public service announcement she both directed and starred in that benefits survivors of any cancer. Furthermore, she shares the personal lifestyle tips and tools that keep her happy, healthy, and Better Than Before.

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