Actress reacts to her breast cancer diagnosis

Aniela McGuinness shares her journey on social media at 'My Breast Choice'

BLAST EM PHOTOGRAPHY - COURTESY OF ANIELA MCGUINNESS

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - Actress Aniela McGuinness has booked roles in "Rock of Ages," "Burn Notice" and "Charlie's Angels."

In her bio, McGuiness says doing standup comedy kept her sane, while her mom was dying of ovarian cancer in 2013.

"I had been performing for seven years prior to that, but in those hard moments improv gave me permission to laugh," she said.

When she learned she tested positive for BRCA1, a genetic mutation that increases the lifetime risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer up to 84 percent, she moved forward with plans to have preventive surgeries. But then the unexpected happened.

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ANIELA MCGUINNESS:  Now that I am finished with cancer, I thought it was time to turn around and see how far I have come. This is the moment I found out I had cancer. The fateful call from my doctor with the diagnosis. Subscribe to her YouTube channel > 

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