It seems that Cobie Smulders is the woman of the moment. Not only is she well-known for her role in How I Met Your Mother, but she has now also made her mark within the big boy arena of Hollywood, having recently starred in the epic Avengers: Age of Ultron as the former Deputy Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Maria Hill. Check her out doing her thing in this clip:
And apparently she's so hot these days that she even went topless on the cover of Women's Health magazine last Spring. Take a look!
You can't argue that the 33-year-old actress looks incredible, but wipe up that drool because actually the cover shoot was not a move to make sure the world was fully aware of that very fact.
Instead, Cobie bared it all for another reason: to spread awareness about a ovarian cancer.
"I survived it!"
While working on the third season of How I Met Your Mother, Cobie's world came crashing down when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at just 25 years old. For years, she refused to go public with the news until the May issue of the magazine was published this year and she explains why:
“When Women’s Health came to me and asked me to do the cover topless, that was the first hurdle [...] And then the second was -- I thought it was a really good opportunity to spread awareness. To just say, ‘I went through this and I survived it and you can too if you’re unfortunately struck with this disease.’ It’s something I think women need to pay a little bit more attention to and it creeps up on you and sometimes it’s too late.”
Ovarian cancer killed 14,000 women last year
Because of this horrendous statistic, it is essential that high-profile women like Cobie speak up to not only spread awareness of this crippling disease, but also give other sufferers hope to overcome it.
Since her first reveal that she was a sufferer, she has openly spoken out about her multiple surgeries and the removal of the cancerous tissues from her ovaries and lymph nodes. She admitted:
"It was a very hard time for me [...] It was a surprise and that was something that I dealt with personally with my family and with my close friends, and I'm happy to say I'm a survivor now."
As a vehicle for positive change, that's not to say she doesn't have her fears like any ordinary woman. Five years since getting the all-clear from there doctors, her experience continues to haunt her:
"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 she's certainly done it, as well as carrying on with her life by bringing two bundles of joy into the world with her loving husband Taran Killiam, who has stuck with her through thick and thin.
And while her brave story proves to us all that cancer can be beaten, and that there is life after diagnosis, ultimately Cobie has proven to us that a terrible disease just can't stand in the way of destiny... like becoming a badass AVENGER!
Cobie is an inspiration to us all for sharing - watch her speak candidly about her experiences here: