The Breast Years of My Life Celebrates Survival

Katy Franco in “The Breast Years of My Life.”

Heartfelt and humorous, Katy Franco’s bilingual one-woman show, The Breast Years of My Life, smartly documents her battle with breast cancer by combining stand-up comedy, one woman monologue, and mime into a story about celebrating life. Franco concludes that laughter really is the best medicine.

The show not only documents her defeating the big “C,” but also benefits cancer patients and hospitals – for each ticket sold, a copy of her and her husband’s book Chemorella will be donated to a local hospital or charity for women’s or children’s cancer.

Franco learned her diagnosis May 19, 2005, and moved quickly in starting her treatment. Less than a week later, on what she calls mammary day weekend, rather than Memorial Day weekend, Franco underwent a lumpectomy and jumpstarted her fight regimen of chemotherapy and radiation.

The first third of the show, a comedy monologue, revolves around Franco’s first year of fighting cancer and her determination to attend a film premiere only six months after surgery, in which she succeeds.

After a clothing change, Franco returned and proceeded into standup, laughing about dealing with family, friends, and medical situations, throwing in occasional video, bawdy situations, and adult language. Her charm won energetic audience participation and approval.

Franco concluded with miming a fairy tale called Chemorella, blending the story of Cinderella and chemotherapy into one where the lucky heroine beats cancer and sees dreams come true.

The Breast Years of My Life humorously documents Franco’s story of courage, hope, and survival.

The Breast Years of My Life played Monday, Aug. 20, at the Laugh Factory located at 8001 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood. Franco will perform the show again there on Monday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. during Breast Cancer Awareness month. Tickets cost $20 at the door. For tickets and information, call (323) 656-1336.

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