In 2008, Edie Falco wrote honestly about her struggle with breast cancer. In 2003, while working on The Sopranos, Edie was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer; the show's producer worked Edie's filming schedule around her treatments:
"The moment a doctor says 'We have bad news' is life changing. For me, time stopped. I couldn't walk. I couldn't breathe. Luckily I was with my boyfriend, because I would have passed out otherwise. But then I thought: I am a strong woman. I have resources to get good treatment, so why not me? Perhaps, better me than some single mother of three kids who is working three jobs. I know I can handle this."