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Ford found stares hard to endure after surgery

Betty Ford says one of the toughest aspects of enduring cancer was facing the stares at a White House formal gathering following her mastectomy.

Ford, 79, openly discussed her breast cancer in the mid-1970s, when few women were as willing to be so candid about it.Asked during an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes" whether that took guts, Ford said, "Well, it was gutsy the first time I appeared at a state dinner and I walked down those stairs and I just knew all eyes were upon me.

"And they were probably saying, `Which one did they say it was?' "

In the interview, which airs Sunday, Ford also discussed her alcoholism and the rehabilitation center that she founded to help alcoholics and other addicts.