Brittany Daniel has been bravely battling cancer behind closed doors.
The Game actress, who starred with her twin sister Cynthia in the 90s teen drama Sweet Valley High, decided to go a see a doctor after experiencing excruciating back pain, night sweats and flu-like symptoms. It was then that she received the devastating news that she had stage IV non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
“It happened so suddenly,” the 38-year-old told People.
Almost immediately after her diagnosis Brittany started chemotherapy, and during her recovery she and her mum moved in with Cynthia.
“There is no way I would have ever gotten through this without my family,” the star admitted. “My family is everything to me and I feel like they saw me through this.”
In particular, her bond with her twin sister gave her the strength to fight like a “warrior”.
“I really wasn’t afraid of dying,” Brittany, who lost her hair during six months of chemotherapy, told the magazine. “But I fought so hard because I could not leave her behind.”
The actress initially only told close family and friends of her diagnosis. But, now healthy and cancer-free, she has decided to share her story to help others experiencing a similar situation.
“I want to let people know it is absolutely possible to get through something like this,” she said. “I want people to know they are not alone.”