Olivia Munn shares emotional experience of being unable to pick up her two-year-old son after cancer surgery: ‘That was one of the toughest moments’

Olivia Munn shares emotional experience of being unable to pick up her two-year-old son after cancer surgery: ‘That was one of the toughest moments’

Olivia Munn continues to share her cancer journey with her friends and fans, including her most recent, heartbreaking discovery.

When she got home from one of her surgeries, her son Malcolm, two, said: ‘Mama, pick [me] up?’ she told People.

‘And I said, “Oh I can’t pick you up.” And I squatted down to give him a hug, and then he just sat on my leg and goes, “But Mama, pick [me] up!”

‘That was probably one of the hardest things because all you want to do is pick up your baby,’ she revealed. 

It has been a long and hard road for Munn, 43, with four surgeries, a double mastectomy, and medically induced menopause. But she has gotten through it thanks to her ‘strong little family’ of three which includes her boyfriend John Mulaney, 41.

Olivia Munn shares emotional experience of being unable to pick up her two-year-old son after cancer surgery: ‘That was one of the toughest moments’

Olivia Munn continues to share her cancer journey with her friends, including her most recent, heartbreaking discovery

When she got home from one of her surgeries, her son Malcolm, two, said: 'Mama, pick [me] up?,' she told People . 'And I said, "Oh I can't pick you up." And I squatted down to give him a hug, and then he just sat on my leg and goes, "But Mama, pick [me] up!"'

When she got home from one of her surgeries, her son Malcolm, two, said: ‘Mama, pick [me] up?,’ she told People . ‘And I said, “Oh I can’t pick you up.” And I squatted down to give him a hug, and then he just sat on my leg and goes, “But Mama, pick [me] up!”‘

Having John around also helped her get through her cancer battle, which 'would¿ve felt like climbing an iceberg without him'; pictured at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party last month

Having John around also helped her get through her cancer battle, which ‘would’ve felt like climbing an iceberg without him’; pictured at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party last month

At the time, it was just three days after her double mastectomy, and she was in a great deal of pain and quite ‘out of it’ mentally from the medications.

‘When I woke up, it was really painful and I was really out of it, and I had actually lost a lot of blood and my surgery went from what was supposed to be an 8-hour surgery to a 10-hour surgery because of that blood loss,’ Munn told the outlet.

‘So the first part is tough because it’s just a lot of pain. You’ve gone through a massive surgery and I didn’t really at that time think about what I had lost, because you’re all bandaged up,” she said. 

And then she got home and her darling son, whom she previously called ‘magical’ in a social media post, was excited to see her and wanted to get as close as possible to his mommy.

Another watershed moment came when she asked her young son: ‘”Where does Daddy work?” And he ran to his office and pointed to his desk. And I said, “Where does Mommy work?” And he ran to my bed, and that crushed me.’

She added that one of the hardest parts of all she’s gone through is how much time she’s spent in bed. 

But, she assured the outlet: ‘I’m finding more energy and he’s happy, so it makes me happy.’

Through all she’s been through, she’s found joy in her son. 

‘When I’m with Malcolm, it’s really the only time your brain doesn’t think about that you’re sick,’ Munn explained. 

'That was probably one of the hardest things because all you want to do is pick up your baby,' she revealed

‘That was probably one of the hardest things because all you want to do is pick up your baby,’ she revealed

‘I’m just so happy with him. I’m just so happy in life. I mean, he’s just the most fun little person,’ she gushed.

She continued: ‘He’s so communicative and fun and laughs so much. And it really puts a lot of stuff into perspective. 

‘Because if my body changes, I’m still his mom. If I have hot flashes, I’m still his mom. If I lose my hair, I’m still his mom. That’s what really matters to me, I get to be here for him.’

It has been a long and hard road for Munn with four surgeries, a double mastectomy, and medically induced menopause

It has been a long and hard road for Munn with four surgeries, a double mastectomy, and medically induced menopause

But she has gotten through it thanks to her 'strong little family' of three which includes her boyfriend John

But she has gotten through it thanks to her ‘strong little family’ of three which includes her boyfriend John

At the time, it was just three days after her double mastectomy, and she was in a great deal of pain and quite 'out of it' mentally from the medications

At the time, it was just three days after her double mastectomy, and she was in a great deal of pain and quite ‘out of it’ mentally from the medications

'When I woke up, it was really painful and I was really out of it, and I had actually lost a lot of blood and my surgery went from what was supposed to be an 8-hour surgery to a 10-hour surgery because of that blood loss,' Munn told the outlet

‘When I woke up, it was really painful and I was really out of it, and I had actually lost a lot of blood and my surgery went from what was supposed to be an 8-hour surgery to a 10-hour surgery because of that blood loss,’ Munn told the outlet

'So the first part is tough because it's just a lot of pain. You've gone through a massive surgery and I didn't really at that time think about what I had lost, because you're all bandaged up," she said

‘So the first part is tough because it’s just a lot of pain. You’ve gone through a massive surgery and I didn’t really at that time think about what I had lost, because you’re all bandaged up,” she said

Previously, Olivia described the ‘shock’ she experienced when she saw her body for the first time following a double mastectomy. 

The actress underwent a lymph node dissection, a nipple delay procedure and a double mastectomy during her battle with breast cancer, after she was diagnosed around a year ago and had all the operations in the space of 10 months.

The mom-of-one revealed that ‘nothing’ could have prepared her for ‘what it would look like’ in a new candid interview with People, adding that she ‘absolutely broke down.’

A week after having the double mastectomy she went for a post-surgical check up, which is when she saw her body without bandages for the first time with her doctor.

‘It was a shock. It was a shock to my system. I had such a hard time, I remember just looking in the mirror with him and just having no emotion, just taking in what he was saying,’ she shared.

Munn woke up from her 10-hour double mastectomy on May 24, 2023, and opted for expanders instead of immediate reconstructive surgery in order to allow her body time to heal and rest.

Expanders are silicone implants placed under the chest wall muscles or tissues to gradually stretch the skin and create space for permanent breast implants. 

The Predator star — who shares two-year-old son Malcolm with comedian boyfriend Mulaney — said when she saw herself for the first time, ‘I was in shock. It was incredibly hard.’

Munn, 43, described the 'shock' she experienced when she saw her body for the first time following a double mastectomy; seen in January 2024

Munn, 43, described the ‘shock’ she experienced when she saw her body for the first time following a double mastectomy; seen in January 2024

The mom-of-one revealed that 'nothing' could have prepared her for 'what it would look like' in a new candid interview with People, adding that she 'absolutely broke down'

The mom-of-one revealed that ‘nothing’ could have prepared her for ‘what it would look like’ in a new candid interview with People, adding that she ‘absolutely broke down’

‘I really tried to be prepared, but the truth is that nothing could prepare me for what I would feel like, what it would look like, how I would handle it emotionally. It was a lot tougher than I expected.’

She said that not even the doctor’s reassurances about the results looking ‘fantastic’ could be a comfort at the time.  

‘The doctor was telling me how fantastic it looked. Which made it even harder. Because fantastic is top, you don’t get better than fantastic. So I thought, this doesn’t get better.’

‘When I got home, I undressed and looked in the mirror again, and that’s when I just absolutely broke down,’ she added. 

After having her reconstructive surgery in the fall, Munn has come to terms with the changes in her body. 

She also started hormone suppression therapy in November to reduce future risk of cancer, putting her into medically induced menopause, causing hot flashes, thinning hair and exhaustion.

‘It’s much better, but it’s not the same, and that’s okay. Because I’m here, and I’m extremely happy that I got the opportunity to fight, she said. 

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