In a heartfelt essay for Stand Up To Cancer, the actress on Tuesday revealed that she was diagnosed with stage 2b estrogen positive breast cancer in 2015, which she beat through surgery and chemotherapy.
What’s more, St. Clair revealed that Emma, her Playing House character, will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the show’s upcoming third season; even Emma’s course of treatment will mirror St. Clair’s.
We were worried about bringing such serious subject matter to a comedy show, but we’ve always written what we’ve lived. And our real story is that with the help of her best friend, and the people who love her, my character is able to get through the treatment and actually emerge somehow happier and more fulfilled than she was before she was diagnosed. We hope that by sharing my experience—our experience, Lennon [Parham] and I—that somebody who is going through this process or helping their loved one through it might feel less alone, and might even have some better information for their cancer care. Because that’s really all that matters at the end of the day, right? That we try and be that bridge for each other.
Playing House‘s third season premieres on Friday, June 23, with the entire third season hitting video-on-demand the following day.