Emma Stone reacted “oddly” to her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis.
The Amazing Spider-Man star learnt of her parent’s illness in October 2008.
However when she got the news she had a strangely passive reaction towards her sick relative.
“I was oddly stoic, the opposite of how I usually am,” she revealed to People magazine. “But it was terrifying.”
The actress spoke at the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation’s 6th Annual Peace, Love and a Cure cocktail reception in Cresskill, New Jersey, where her mother Krista was being honored.
Despite being 19 and living alone in Los Angeles at the time, Emma made her parent a priority by jetting between Hollywood and Arizona.
She wanted to be with her through treatments including a double mastectomy plus a year-and-a-half of chemotherapy.
“I’m sure, in private, Em lived in fear and anxiety,” Krista explained. “But she really shifted into this [mode of], ‘We’re going to take care of this, and everything’s going to be fine.’”
Apparently ten to twenty per cent of the 180,000 breast cancers diagnosed every year are considered triple negative.
Those who carry the BRCA gene mutation, such as Angelina Jolie, have an 85 per cent chance of being triple negative.
Emma’s mother “tested for the gene mutation and she was negative, which was very lucky,” she said about the highly aggressive growth which is known for being extremely difficult to treat.
Krista is approaching the date where she will have been five years without cancer and she and Emma have matching blackbird tattoos as a reminder of what they have been through.
She commented about the achievement, “It’s incredible.”
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