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Ex-Fox NFL Sports Sunday and Good Day LA host Jillian Barberie is looking back on her past.
The 56-year-old star seemed to have it all - fame, work, a loving husband - but then she hit several roadblocks.
'I really don't feel like I've had a lot of trauma in my life, which is hysterical because I always ask my girlfriends, “Have I've been through a lot?”' began the star who has also spoken on Addiction Talk, an online talk show hosted by American Addiction Centers.
Her past: Ex-Fox NFL Sports Sunday and Good Day LA host Jillian Barberie is looking back on her past. The 56-year-old star seemed to have it all - fame, work, a loving husband - but then she hit several roadblocks. Seen in 2002
'They will look at me, and they will seriously say to me, “Yes Jillian, you've been through a lot.” But I think everything's relative,' she added.
Jillian - who also appeared on Melrose Place and in Sharknado- added that she is so amazed at where she is today. 'Life is a crazy, crazy place I've had so much fun,' said Jillian.
But she had some help along the way. Her close friend Heather Locklear from Melrose Place was there to get Barberie back on track.
'Heather is one of my very dear friends and she helped me a lot through chemo, Jillian tells DailyMail.com.
Back on track: Now sober with help from good friend Heather Locklear, she tells DailyMail.com how her depression and breast cancer battle led her into an addiction that turned her life upside down. Seen in 2013
Cute as ever: Locklear at the world premiere of the Lifetime original movie Don't Sweat the Small Stuff: The Kristine Carlson Story in October
'She says I helped her through, you know, her sobriety and, you know, now we talk every day. And I see her most days of the week.'
Locklear has been to rehab several times but has been much healthier in the past few years.
Jillian added, 'We are very fortunate. We always say we're the same person. We have the same sense of humor, and we cover in the same crazy business so we kind of get it and she doesn't take herself too seriously at all.
'She's one of the funniest women I've ever met. And we're raunchy,' said Jillian.
And she also said that she is very blessed to be sober right now.
'It's been 14 months. I can't Imagine going through the things that I've gone through being drunk in the past year. I've been through enough. I mean, I think that drinking, you know, for me, will be the death of me, cancer won't.'
With pal Kris Jenner in 2012: 'I really don't feel like I've had a lot of trauma in my life, which is hysterical because I always ask my girlfriends, “Have I've been through a lot?”' began the star who has also spoken on Addiction Talk , an online talk show hosted by American Addiction Centers
As far as her cancer, she says doesn't look back.
'I did have the double mastectomy, the chemo, the radiation,' she shared.
'I wasn't one of those women that looked at my body as this big sacred thing. I didn't treat my body horribly, but I didn't think of breast cancer. I just never really had mammograms. It just never occurred to me.
'And I took I took my body for granted. I wish I would have done playboy. Playboy offered four times, and I turned them down every time and I wish I had done it. But, you know, God had different plans for me.
The old days: 'Life is a crazy, crazy place I've had so much fun,' said Jillian
'I just wish I would have done it. For Prosperity. I had beautiful natural breasts and now I have implants and I'm not as fond of them.
'And people said, “Oh my gosh, you know, the steroids make you gain weight, and you go bald.” But I'm not a vain person. My kids were number one. I told my oncologist to bring me to the brink of death and take me back again. I have a 9 and an 11-year-old at home. Cancer rearview mirror.
'I always tell people, you know, for me that taking that sip of alcohol is far more dangerous than my cancer coming back.
The show that Los Angeles loved: Seen with her Good Day LA costars Steve Edwards and Dorothy Lucey on Jay Leno
Reunion: Seen more recently with Dorothy as well as another Good Day LA vet
'For me, I am far more afraid of taking a sip of Chardonnay than I am, of hearing that my cancer comes back. And the reason for that is very simple. If cancer does come back, you have doctors, they're the professionals, the experts that, you know, surgical oncologists take it out of you. And then chemo oncologists tell you exactly how much chemo they must put in your body. When you're drinking, you're the doctor, right?
'So yeah, I don't ever want to go back to that dark place. To think of everything I achieved, while drinking by drinking really got bad.
'After my diagnosis, I'll be honest, it wasn't because of the cancer. It was because of other traumatic things that happened.
'And, you know, I got through it all and I'm on hopefully the other side every day, you know, I've been a single mom for 10 years, doing it on my own. And it's been hard at times, but it's the most fulfilling job I've ever had.
Busy babe: From 2000 to 2005, she appeared on Fox Sports as the weather host for Fox NFL Sunday. Seen in 2005
From 1995 to 2012,