Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are one of those Hollywood couples who give us serious relationship goals. Having been happily married since 1988, this pair is well-versed in the better and worse, and more recently the sickness and health portion of their wedding vows.
Last year, the family announced that Rita Wilson was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 53. With Hanks and their family by her side, she underwent a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction, and is thankfully in remission.
In an interview with People, Wilson thanked her doctors and shared some advice for anyone going though health issues:
I share this to educate others that a second opinion is critical to your health. You have nothing to lose if both opinions match up for the good, and everything to gain if something that was missed is found, which does happen. Early diagnosis is key.
Even though they were able to catch her cancer early enough for successful treatment, their journey was not without its struggles. Through News.com.au, Tom Hanks had some words of wisdom he wanted to see spread to everyone about the perils his family faced after Wilson's diagnosis.
There’s a predatory philosophy that happens where people find out that you have a certain illness, particularly cancer, and they will try and make money off of you, pushing procedures that might have a degree of science to them and there are others that are absolute quacks just trying to make money.
Hanks lashed out further against those who try to take advantage of people in these troubling times, saying:
You should Google the word [cancer]. Everything from, ‘You must eat peach pits’ to ‘Go to this clinic in Bolivia and you’ll be cured!’ will come up. S–t goes on like that and it’s astounding to me. It all adds to the difficulty, and we are lucky we can afford good medical care, but there are people who are dealing and selling in false hopes.
All I can say is God bless my wife and God bless her courage.
In the end, Hanks and Rita Wilson were some of the lucky ones. But let's all be sure to heed these words of advice.