Cynthia Nixon talks about battle w/ breast cancer, says her kids call girlfriend “mom”

Cynthia Nixon and girlfriend Christine Marinoni on 4/9/08, thanks to WENN
Sex and The City actress Cynthia Nixon, 42, is the new ambassador for the Susan G Komen For The Cure organization. Nixon’s mother is a two time breast cancer survivor, and Nixon herself was diagnosed with the disease in 2006. She said she’s been getting regular mamograms since she was 35, and that a small cancerous lump was found on her mammogram when she was 40. She had a lumpectomy and 6 weeks of radiation, and it sounds like she is now cancer free.

In a series of videos on the Susan G Komen organization’s website, Nixon talks about the importance of regular mammograms and early detection. She says that breast cancer is a disease that has touched so many lives and that she wants to help bring awareness to the cause. Nixon also talks about how gay women need to be aware of the importance of early breast cancer detection because they’re not as focused on birth control and reproductive issues and are less likely to make frequent visits to the gynecologist.

Nixon has a new interview with Cynthia McFadden, a portion of which was broadcast on Good Morning America this morning. She talked about discovering breast cancer early and was very matter-of-fact about getting it found, treated and under control. Nixon said she didn’t disclose her breast cancer when it was first diagnosed because she didn’t want the paparazzi to be outside the hospital while she was undergoing treatment.

McFadden asked her if she really was that calm about having cancer, and she said she was and that’s just the way she is, but that her girlfriend was very panicked about it and ate to cope. Nixon said that her two kids call her girlfriend of four years, education activist Christine Marinoni, “mom” but that they call her “mommy” too. Sometimes they just say “mom” to get both of them to pay attention.

As to how Nixon told her kids about her cancer diagnosis, she said she explained it to them clearly, calmly and simply.

Nixon also says that her show “Sex and The City” handled the character Samantha’s breast cancer very well.

Here’s the clip, thanks to monkeyboy on Redlasso.

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  1. Enonymous says:

    WOW, what a brave person and what a wonderful attitude she has.

  2. Jaclyn says:

    Okay, Lana, you need to shut the hell up. No one cares about your idiotic opinions. Stupid girl….

    *takes a deep breath*

    Anyways, I think this is wonderful. Good for Cynthia, she has a great attitude and handled it very well!! Thanks for posting all of this! 🙂

  3. Atticus says:

    I don’t really understand homosexuality but more power to those who are in loving, stable relationships. The children seem just fine. You know all children growing up in households with heterosexual parents are all completely normal, no issues with drugs or violence or mental illness right…?? WTF. It’s how you raise your children, not whether or not you’re in a gay relationship.

  4. Alex says:

    I assume your parents were heterosexual, and – judging from your insightful comments – you didn’t turn out so well yourself, Lana…

  5. Enonymous says:

    By how Cynthia Nixon describes it, it seems that the kids really enjoy having two moms (as well as a dad). Do not worry about the kids Lana, they are truly blessed for having three parents who love them very much.

  6. Sara says:

    These 2 women look like sick n sad clowns. I feel bad 4 the kidz 2 cuz u no they got 2 be messed up n their heads but theres all kindz of crazies like these 2 n this world

  7. Alex says:

    Enonymous, you have got to be a saint. I find it hard to stay calm when confronted with such ignorance.

  8. Atticus says:

    Sara, I bet Cynthia and her partner at least teach their kids how to properly spell, write and articulate themselves.

  9. Enonymous says:

    I will happily bet my money that Cynthia’s kids will grow up much more normal and happy then the kids of some you and any other ‘normal’ people/families who share such close minded and distasteful views of the world.

    From the video that I saw, I was really impressed how they handled and explained their relationship and her illness to their kids.

  10. Kristin says:

    Lana you are a cunt. People like you disgust me.

  11. Alex says:

    Sasha, don’t you wanna get in here and have your say?
    Pretty please?

  12. wif says:

    Celebitchy, can you check to see if Lana, Terri S. and Sara are from the same address. The writing voice sounds suspiciously similar to me.

    Just a question here…okay, so Nixon’s partner isn’t pretty, but women marry unattractive men all the time, so why the hostility about an unattractive woman? If she’s a professional advocate she must be smart, principled and interesting. Those are the same qualities that drew me to my husband.

    Also…I LOOOOOVE Nixon’s jacket in the first photo.

  13. Jaclyn says:

    Lana, as I already said, shut the hell up! You’re a stupid bitch! Keep your ultra-conservative thoughts to yourself and grow up!

  14. Trashaddict says:

    Wow, lot of mature comments on this one. There are actually no studies to show that kids of same sex parents grow up any worse off psychologically than kids of hetero parents. Go look it up (preferably in a reputable journal).
    It’s great that Cynthia is such a great, nonhistrionic spokeswoman for breast cancer. Maybe everybody here can get over their own histrionics….

  15. Bellatrix says:

    It also seems to me that a same voice is behind several comments filled with hatred.

    I find Cynthia Nixon very courageous and brave regarding her illness. And might I add, regarding her relationship too.
    Many people seem to pick on her partner because she hasn’t got very feminine looks. However, they always seem happy and appear to have a very stable relationship.
    I’m rather sure those are the two key elements to create a healthy family atmosphere and that Cynthia’s children are more than happy to there (if they call her “mom”, I can’t see how they wouldn’t be)!

  16. celebitchy says:

    Lana and Terri S are the same person. Banned for using multiple nicknames.

    You guys – I want to put the comments back on the site so I have more control over spammers and trolls. How would you feel about commenting right on the site on the bottom of each post and not in a pop-up window? This would be similar to the way you comment on

    Let me know, thanks!

  17. celebitchy says:

    Also – Lana and Terri. S used the nickname “apf” on the “Heather Mills was not booed” post and claimed to have been in the audience at the time to have heard the boos which were not audible in the video.

    The IP is from AOL in a small town outside Wichita, Kansas near El Dorado.

  18. geronimo says:

    Fine by me. Do whatever is best and easiest for you guys for maintenance purposes and, if it also helps keep the lanas and lolas and mariettas and beths and other trolls and spammers at bay, then I think the rest of us would see that as a bonus!

  19. Julia says:

    CB, that sounds good to me – I can’t believe some of the hateful comments I have just read on this thread – I feel so sad for someone with such a stunted world view…

  20. Bellatrix says:

    Celebitchy, anything is fine by. Pop-up comments are cool and a fun way to choose to read them or not… But I think it would be wiser to choose the option that allows a better control of those schizophrenic bloggers!

  21. piedlourde says:

    I don’t get why everyone’s hating on Christine. OK, she sports quite unflattering clothes, but I don’t find her ugly. She seems like a sweet woman, and I’m partial for ginger hair and pale skin.

    As for Cynthia, I’ve loved her and her Miranda character since episode one of Sex and the City.

  22. piedlourde says:

    Quote Terri S: “And people wonder why our country is going down the loo”
    Interesting choice of words, there. I take it you’re referring to the good ol’ US of A, yet you wrote a British slang term for toilet.

    Furthermore, I’m with Kristin on you/Lana being a cunt.

  23. Jaclyn says:

    celebitchy, that would be a good idea! definitely a way of controlling spammers.

  24. michelle says:

    sara you seriously need to get your head out of the dark ages, it’s people like you who are sad cows and need to get a grip on the fact that the world has changed for gay people, although people like you probably still live like little house on the prairie. move on