Speaking to the Sunday People at a fundraiser for the World Cancer Research Fund, the actress revealed: 'When I was going through my diagnoses and surgery, the one thing I really wanted to tell people is that there are still times when you have love and you smile and you laugh.'
'We watched movies, we watched great documentaries, we ate good food and we did our best to maintain our spirit and be thankful.'
She added to The Mirror: 'Who knew it would make you even closer?'
'You never know how your spouse is going to react in a situation like this. I was so amazed, so blown away by the care my husband gave me. It was such a normal, intimate time.'
Tom, who was also present at the event, agreed with Rita's sentiments, saying: 'You just clear the decks and you circle the wagons and you hunker down. It's not that hard to do.'
'It's like when there's a big rainstorm outside, you bust out the hot cocoa and make sure everyone is comfortable.'
Rita and Tom pictured together in 2016
Rita revealed her diagnosis in April 2015, when she underwent a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction. In June of the same year, in her first public appearance since the announcement, she told reporters that she had 'won' her battle with the illness.
'I feel great,' she told E! News at the 2015 Tony Awards at New York's Radio City Music Hall. 'When you do Broadway, you have a family there and one at home as well. I had so much love through the process. I'm very thankful.'
'Her health is fantastic,' Tom confirmed in September 2016 during an interview with Extra. 'She took on not only the crisis, but also the issues of women’s cancers in a way that I thought was extremely brave and beautiful.'
'I'm glad we're not in high school, because I wouldn't have the courage to talk to her in the hallway... I'm a lucky man.'