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POP CULTURE PETS: Spotlight on Breast Cancer Survivor Edie Falco

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Edie Falco is an obvious inspiration to women. The Nurse Jackie star is beautiful, talented, strong, brave, smart and kind. For the purpose of this blog -- celebrity breast cancer survivors and their pets -- those last four traits are especially noteworthy.

In the eight years since her breast cancer diagnosis, Falco has opened her home and heart to two children -- all thanks to her dog, Marley. She explained her decision to adopt, saying, "I have this dog named Marley, and it is a kind of love I had never known. I have a hard time believing Marley did not come from my body. I know that sounds insane, but I feel that connected to her. She made me realize I wanted to adopt children."

Falco was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 and quietly battled the disease out of the public eye. Less than two years later she adopted son Anderson -- and brought daughter Macy home in 2008.

Fun facts about Marley:
  • Falco rescued the pup, now 13, when she was just four weeks old. She has been described as a white Labrador/Shepherd mix.
  • She's had a Hollywood upbringing: Edie once told People.com, "She's been raised in dressing rooms and campers. Every day, she comes and hangs out in my dressing room."
  • Edie's kids don't always get along with Marley. She admitted, "The children and the dog get along okay, not great. My dog is not a kid dog. There are moments that are not filled with love."
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