Rita Wilson celebrates being a breast cancer and COVID-19 survivor

By Heather Cichowski, with files from Zach Harper

Rita Wilson has expressed her gratitude for her life after beating the coronavirus and surviving breast cancer.

The actress, who recently arrived back in the United States with husband Tom Hanks after being diagnosed and treated for COVID-19 while in Australia, shared a heartfelt and thankful Instagram on March 29.

"This date, March 29, represents a time of great happiness," Rita began, and explained that on that date years ago she was starring in Larry David's Broadway play Fish in the Dark with the actor.

"I was on Broadway starring with Larry David in his play Fish In The Dark before finding out I had been diagnosed with breast cancer," she wrote.

"March 29 also marks five years of being cancer free after having had a bilateral mastectomy."

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This date, March 29, represents a time of great happiness. I was on Broadway starring with Larry David in his play Fish In The Dark before finding out I had been diagnosed with breast cancer. March 29 also marks five years of being cancer free after having had a bilateral mastectomy. I am so thankful for my health, for the doctors, nurses, friends and family who got me through that time. You, online friends, also need to be thanked because your prayers and optimism were felt deeply. And, so thankful for the blessings God has bestowed on me, then and now. One year ago on March 29, I was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a street, that as a child, I’d walk on an read all the names of the stars I admired, never believing one day my name would be on one of those stars. And one year ago today, I released my fourth album, Halfway to Home. Every day I get to make music is a gift. So much has happened musically in that one year. So much goodness. All of this would not be possible without good health. So, today, March 29, I am celebrating the beauty of this life, the blessings God has given , and my continued good health, even now as a COVID 19 survivor. Please take a moment today to acknowledge the amazing creation your bodies are and to thank it for doing so much.

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The singer/actress used the opportunity to express her happiness and appreciation.

"I am so thankful for my health, for the doctors, nurses, friends and family who got me through that time," she continued.

"You, online friends, also need to be thanked because your prayers and optimism were felt deeply.

"And, so thankful for the blessings God has bestowed on me, then and now."

Proving March 29 is a special day in her life, Rita also said she received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on that date.

"One year ago on March 29, I was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a street, that as a child, I’d walk on an read [sic] all the names of the stars I admired, never believing one day my name would be on one of those stars," she elaborated.

"And one year ago today, I released my fourth album, Halfway to Home.

"Every day I get to make music is a gift. So much has happened musically in that one year. So much goodness. All of this would not be possible without good health."

She said it was important to reflect on the milestones and share her thanks, while encouraging others to do the same.

"So, today, March 29, I am celebrating the beauty of this life, the blessings God has given, and my continued good health, even now as a COVID 19 survivor," she finished.

"Please take a moment today to acknowledge the amazing creation your bodies are and to thank it for doing so much."

Rita shared three photos in the post, including one of she and Larry David, an image of her posing with her Hollywood Walk of Fame star and one of her album.

Commenters thanked Rita for her uplifting words and sent their wishes to her and Tom.

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The couple has been active on social media and kept everyone updated on their recoveries after they tested positive for coronavirus earlier in March while in Australia. Tom and Rita were Down Under to film an Elvis Presley biopic. In the Baz Luhrmann film,Tom had been set to play Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis's legendary manager, who helped rock and roll take off around the world in the 1950s.

When revealing their COVID-19 diagnoses, Tom told fans on Instagram he and Rita felt "a bit tired" and like they had colds accompanied by "some body aches." They stated they were following medical and government advice and would be self-isolating.

Later, the Oscar-winning actor shared an update about how their conditions were improving and thanked fans for their love and support.

Rita also shared a hilarious video where she rapped "Hip Hop Hooray" by '80s hip-hop trio Naughty by Nature. She captioned the post, "Quarantine Stir Crazy. See it to believe it."

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See it to believe it

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We're glad to see Rita and Tom are doing better. Rita's heartfelt and uplifting message is also a fantastic reminder to all of us to take a moment to reflect on what we have and what we're grateful for.

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