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Marcia Cross says she is in recovery from cancer

Marcia Cross arrives at the "STAND UP! for

Marcia Cross arrives at the "STAND UP! for the Planet" benefit in Beverly Hills, Calif., in 2017. Credit: AP / Invision / Richard Shotwell

Actress Marcia Cross tweeted thanks to fans Wednesday "For the kind support," drawing attention to her recent announcement that she is in recovery from anal cancer.

The Emmy-nominated former "Desperate Housewives" star, 56, had posted an Instagram photo of herself on Sept. 15 with a short mat of gray hair and making a jokingly pouty face. "So grateful and happy to be alive," she wrote, "but sad that my hair fell out and is about 1 inch long now and looks cra cra. Anyone else have #hairloss due to #cancer? Talk to me. I feel you."

A day later, Cross clarified in a graphical-text post, "Dear Kindest Followers: I am so sorry my post wasn't clear. I am POST cancer. All good now. Hard journey, but I am HEALTHY, happy, and more present and grateful than ever. Thank you from the bottom of my ever expanding heart for all of your LOVE."

She expanded on this two days afterward in a second graphical text. "After posting a picture of myself here and uttering the words #cancer and #hairloss, I felt liberated, deliriously free and completely me," she wrote. "How or why this simple act gave me such a powerful lift I did not question, but I thanked God or whatever gave me the internal push to move forward and expose myself."

She added, "I certainly wasn't expecting the response of love and kindness that flowed to me. My capacity to receive requires a massive expansion! I am ecstatically alive and what interests me post-cancer is #AUTHENTICITY. #VULNERABILITY. #TRANSPARENCY. And of course #LOVE. On that note, if you were wondering, I had #analcancer. I know, right?!

She concluded with thanks to fans who had shared their own cancer and hair-loss stories.

Cross' stockbroker husband, Tom Mahoney, was undergoing treatment for an undisclosed form of cancer in January 2009, according to Cross' representative at the time, and appears to be healthy nearly 10 years later. The couple, who have been married 12 years, are the parents of fraternal twin daughters Eden and Savannah, 11.

Cross has been a longtime supporter of the cancer-research nonprofit Stand Up to Cancer, including as a Celebrity Ambassador.

Anal cancer claimed the lives of actresses Farrah Fawcett in 2009 and Gwen Welles ("Nashville") in 1993.

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