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Actress Shares Colon Cancer Story

December 1, 1997

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Barbara Barrie, who plays Brooke Shields’ grandmother on ``Suddenly Susan,″ wants the world to know she’s also a colon cancer survivor.

``I hope they residually say, `Oh yeah, she’s the one who had the serious colon cancer. Look at her, she had a colostomy. She’s jumping around on the furniture,‴ Barrie said.

Barrie recently released her book ``Second Act: Life After Colostomy and Other Adventures.″ She said she wants to share her story so other people won’t be afraid of their own health problems.

``I’m going to bring it out into the open. It shocks people,″ Barrie said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. She has been free of cancer for three years.

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