Sofia Vergara fought thyroid cancer in 2003 and says she knew she had to overcome the disease for the sake of her family, mainly son Manolo, now 19.
“It was a tough thing for me, but it made me much stronger. I have family and I’m a mother, and I knew I could get through it,” the Modern Family actress said.
At first, Sofia didn’t want to go public with her diagnosis but she soon realized that she could help others by revealing her struggle. “When you go through something like this, it’s hard, but you learn a lot from it,” the actress said in an interview back in 2008. “Your priorities change. You don’t sweat the small stuff. And it had a good ending.”