Seven years ago, Latin superstar Adamari López was just returning home to Miami from Mexico when she discovered a lump. In her breast. “I had never felt something like that before,” she recalls. But, at only 33, and with not a hint of cancer in her family, Adamari was unconcerned.But, when it didn’t, the doctor ordered a mammogram and after that a biopsy. Still, because she knew she’d be away working in Argentina when the biopsy report came back, she arranged for her. Sister in Miami to receive the call and relay it to her other sister who was on the set with. Her in Argentina. Finally, when that call did come, instead of hearing customary chatter, “ My sister got very quiet,” says Adamari.

Adamari

I tried to stay calm and not express what I felt, but I allowed myself to cry later that night. Adamari recalls.

That brief crying spell was all that Adamari allowed herself, and then her practical nature took over. After all, this is a Puerto Rican native who became a star at the age of six, and utilizing not. Only her looks and talent but also her intelligence propelled herself into a career as a model, dancer and TV. Host in addition to her roles in such top–rated novelas as Camila and Amigas y Rivales. So, as soon as she had digested the news, Adamari says, “I asked my doctor, ‘What do we need to do for me to become healthy again?’”

A mastectomy and reconstructive surgery followed, as well as radiation and chemotherapy. She lost not only her breast but her hair, eyebrows and eyelashes as well.

The night that Adamari cried, she also dried her tears and headed to her computer to research breast cancer. She came upon the website for the Susan G.

Adamari is passionate about breast cancer, the most common form of cancer in Hispanic women. Hispanic women are more likely to die from it than are white women, most probably because they are less likely to get screening mammograms or follow up on abnormal test results.

“I have heard that Latina women are sometimes shy about going to the doctor or doing breast self–exams, but we cannot allow this to be. We must do everything we can to protect ourselves and our families from getting this disease,” Adamari says. “You need to tell all of the women in your family to go and check yourself, and if something is wrong, you must follow up and receive treatment. This is the reality; It doesn’t matter if you are white, Hispanic, black or Asian. You need to know your body, and you need to take care of it,” she added.

This month, Adamari is traveling across the U.S. on behalf of the Yoplait campaign to spread awareness and talk about the campaign.

Adamari also wants women everywhere to know that there is a good life awaiting them, even after breast cancer treatment. Adamari follows a healthy diet, which includes consuming a lot of vegetables, water and yogurt (of course) and getting daily exercise and “lots of smiles, every day.” “I’m doing very well. I go to the doctor every six months, and my check–ups are okay. I love to know their stories, have my picture taken with them and encourage them, because being healthy is the most important thing there is.”

By Charlotte Libov

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