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09/27/2018 12:03 pm ET Updated Sep 27, 2018

Marcia Cross Of 'Desperate Housewives' Says She Battled Anal Cancer

"Happy to be alive," the actress wrote on Instagram.

“Desperate Housewives” actress Marcia Cross revealed recently she is recovering from a fight with anal cancer.

In a series of Instagram posts earlier this month, the 56-year-old mother of twin daughters said she was “happy to be alive but sad that my hair fell out.”

A day after her first post, Cross characterized her status as POST cancer.

“All good now,” she wrote. “Hard journey but I am HEALTHY, and more present and grateful than ever.”

The actress, whose husband, Tom Mahoney, is a cancer survivor, said in a third post that her disclosure about her disease and hair loss made her feel “liberated, deliriously free, and completely me.”

Cross played Bree in the long-running “Desperate Housewives” (2004-2012), about the lives of women friends in a suburban neighborhood. She later had a role as a character who became president on the FBI drama “Quantico.”

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