By 98.7 Amp Radio Staff

(RADIO.COM) – Cobie Smulders is opening up about her battle with ovarian cancer in a new essay for the Lenny newslette

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In “Showing My Scars,” the now-34-year-old actress details how she was diagnosed at the age of 25, right at the height of How I Met Your Mother’s popularity.

“Anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer or even known someone who has been diagnosed with cancer is aware of its total mental, physical, and emotional possession,” she wrote. “Anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer or even known someone who has been diagnosed with cancer is aware of its total mental, physical, and emotional possession.”

“Just when your ovaries should be brimming with youthful follicles, cancerous cells overtook mine, threatening to end my fertility and potentially my life,” Smulders continued. “My fertility hadn’t even crossed my mind at this point. Again: I was 25. Life was pretty simple. But suddenly it was all I could think about.”

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Regarding her symptoms prior to her diagnosis, Smulders writes, “My energy was low, I was just so tired all the time, and I felt a constant pressure on my abdomen that I could not explain. I listened to my body and immediately went to my gynecologist. She referred me to an oncologist at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles who is an angel and helped me to put my fears aside and take action.”

Thankfully, Smulders was declared cancer free after undergoing two years of surgeries and treatments, and today, she and her husband Taran Killam are the parents to two little girls.

The actress says she was inspired to tell her story after recently posing topless for Women’s Health, explaining, “It all made me start thinking about this body that I’m in. And what it has been through. And suddenly this bizarre invitation became an opportunity to share some insight from my experience of being diagnosed with, receiving treatment for, and eventually learning to cure my cancer.”

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