Barry Watson Opens Up About Life and Death Battle
April 13, 2006

Life is pretty great these days for Barry Watson. The 31-year-old actor has a brand new TV series coming to ABC called "What About Brian."

But things were very different for the former "7th Heaven" star just four years ago, when his life took a turn in the wrong direction after he found a lump in his neck. Soon after, Barry was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, a form of lymphatic cancer.

"It's like your heart stops," Watson said of the ordeal. "Dropping down that rollercoaster you know, and your heart just drops."

Following grueling months of chemotherapy, Barry beat the cancer and jumped right back into acting. "I'm a real stubborn person," he said. "So nobody is going to tell me I'm going anywhere until I'm ready. So when I found out I had it, I was like, 'Alright, what do we need to do.' I said, 'I'm going to be fine. I know I am.'"

To go with his clean bill of health, Barry is now engaged to Tracy Hutson from "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." The two have an 11-month-old son named Oliver.

"I've got a great relationship with a beautiful woman and a lovely son," he said. "I wasn't even sure if I could have kids a couple of years back. I mean I couldn't ....Uh, I'm going to cry. I feel like I'm doing Barbara Walters."

"Things really couldn't be better," Watson continued. "I really, really feel blessed and really lucky. Things are happening the way they are happening."

And to top off Brian's blessed year, "What About Brian" hits the small screen on Sunday.

"I don't want to say the male version of 'Sex and the City,'" Watson said of the show. "But it does come from a very strong male perspective. I think that right now, the show is the best show that's not on TV yet. But it will be the best show, come next week."

Following Sunday night's premiere, "What About Brian" airs in its regular slot, Monday nights on ABC.

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