Former PASSIONS star McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan) has announced on social media that she has been diagnosed with cancer for a second time. The vulnerable post ironically came a day after the actress and television hostess made a fun TikTok video about getting her hair cut and colored and styled with fringy bangs for the first time in years. “That moment you’re excited to just get your hair cut and find out after you have cancer,” Westmore captioned a selfie she shared on Twitter and in an Instagram Story.
In the comments of her Twitter post, Westmore shared that three tumors were found “in my uterus” and added in her Instagram Story that she’d be undergoing surgery next week. However, her husband, former FACE OFF judge Patrick Tatopoulos, unfortunately, won’t be around for her recovery. “Patrick leaves three days before,” she revealed in the text accompanying her Instagram Story. “Hollywood sucks sometimes.”
Westmore — whose great-grandfather, George Westmore, established Hollywood’s first makeup department in 1917 — played the role of beleaguered PASSIONS heroine Sheridan Crane Lopez-Fitzgerald for the entire 1999-2008 run of the NBC soap. After the series was canceled, Westmore briefly joined the cast of ALL MY CHILDREN, appearing as Annie’s psychiatrist, Dr. Riley Sinclair, in late 2008 and early 2009. In 2011, Westmore became the host of FACE OFF, a SyFy reality series in which special-effects makeup artists compete in different challenges. Continuing her family’s Hollywood legacy in make-up artistry, the actress also founded Westmore Beauty, which is sold through Amazon and QVC.
The uterine tumors are the second time that Westmore has been diagnosed with cancer. Back in 2019, the actress revealed in a Twitter post that she’d recently been cleared of breast cancer and had also been diagnosed with adenomyosis, a debilitating condition where the endometrial tissue of the uterus grows into the uterine wall. According to the National Cancer Institute, adenomyosis can be associated with uterine cancer.
As she prepares to fight cancer once again, Westmore is facing the battle with a positive attitude. The tumors were “thankfully caught early,” she added on Twitter, “and the journey begins! Time to fight!”
Please join us in sending healing thoughts to Westmore and we hope all goes well with the upcoming surgery to remove the tumors.