Daytime alum Cameron Mathison, who plays Ryan on All My Children, has used social media to reach out to his fans to both inform and request support as he deals with his cancer diagnosis. "I have a health situation that I want to share with you all," he shared on Instagram. "There are many reasons I love social media, staying connected with you all, sharing fun experiences… well, this time I'm asking for your help."About a month ago, I had an MRI for some gut issues I've been having," Mathison continued. "And during that MRI they found a tumor on my right kidney. It's consistent with Renal Cell Carcinoma… or kidney cancer. The good news is that it hasn't spread to any other organs. They say my healthy lifestyle and diet has no doubt helped keep it from growing and spreading to other areas, as doctor's think it's been growing in me for minimum 10 years. I am extremely lucky that we found it early."
Mathison with wife, Vanessa, and children Lucas and Leila. (Photo Credit: Instagram)
Mathison has had plenty of support from his friends and family, but he's looking for a little more as he undergoes surgery to remove the cancerous tumor. "Thank you to my longtime friend and urologist, Jon Giddens, who has helped me tremendously through this process. Vanessa, Lucas, and Leila have been absolutely amazing with their love and support, as have my mom, dad, brother, and everyone at Home and Family, Hallmark, and ET. My surgery is scheduled on September 12. I was hoping to receive positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with, on 9/12. My surgery is at 1 p.m. PT.) I announced this on Home and Family yesterday, and wanted to make sure I posted about it here as well. Feeling very grateful and optimistic!"
All My Children fans fell in love with Mathison when he played Ryan Lavery from 1998-2011 and followed him as he went on to star in movies and host shows like Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, and Home and Family. Over the years, he has risen to every challenge in his life, and this will be no different. Please join us in wishing Mathison all the best as he undergoes surgery and for a speedy recovery afterwards.
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