ByKristin Lai, writer at
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Kristin Lai

Whether she's playing the hockey-loving Canadian, Robin Scherbatsky on How I Met Your Mother, or the sarcastic S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Maria Hill, on [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](tag:722469) and The Avengers movies, Cobie Smulders is undeniably one badass and hilarious woman.

Ex: This blooper from The Avengers:

Although she's familiar with taking down threats to our planet, and being the only person to tame the wild Barney Stinson, in the upcoming issue of Women's Health magazine, Smulders revealed that she had been a quiet survivor of a different sort of battle for years.

Smulders told the magazine something that she had never stated publicly before. I was shocked when I read that, back in Season 3 of How I Met Your Mother, the actress was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Ovarian cancer is considered the most at the age of 25, Smulders faced multiple surgeries over two years to fully remove the cancerous tissue.

I had tumors on both ovaries, and the cancer had spread into my lymph nodes and surrounding tissues.

Although the 33-year-old has been cancer free for five years, and is happily married to and the mother of a daughter with SNL star Taran Killam, she still feels as if she'll never be entirely free from the traumatic health issues of her past.

I don't think I'll ever feel like I'm cancer-free. Now that I'm five years out, I'm trying to think of it as a positive thing and what can I learn from it. And if I can create more awareness, I'll do it.

Cobie Smulders has always been a strong and awesome woman in my eyes, but today we applaud her for raising awareness and congratulate her for being five years cancer-free!

Her latest film, [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035), will be released in the US on May 1st.

(Via: Women's Health)


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