Actress Cynthia Nixon survived her battle with breast cancer by turning away from the limelight of Hollywood, choosing instead to cope with the disease in silence, imdb reports.

The Sex And The City star was starring in the New York play Rabbit Hole when she was diagnosed in 2006, and chose to focus her attention on the project, even scheduling her surgery for Sundays, so she wouldn’t miss a performance.

“I didn’t want to make it public while I was going through it. I didn’t want paparazzi at the hospital,” Nixon said.

Nixon now serves as a spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation, encouraging women to get tested and treat the disease while it’s still in its early stages.