So sad. The ‘Dancing With The Stars’ host has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, according to a new video the 41-year-old posted on YouTube.
Brooke Burke-Charvet showed her bravery by posting an intimate video on YouTube, revealing her diagnosis of thyroid cancer to millions of fans. However, the admission is certainly paying off, as her fans are showing their undying support for the Dancing With The Stars beauty.
“I need to have a thyroidectomy, which means that I’m going to have a nice big scar right here across my neck,” the 41-year-old host told her fans in the video, released on Nov. 8.
Brooke said she found a tiny nodule on her thyroid during a routine checkup. An initial biopsy was inconclusive, but follow-up tests revealed the nodule to be cancerous. While cancer is never a good thing, Brooke’s outlook looks positive.
“Doctors say this is a good kind of cancer to have,” Brooke said in her video. “Good cancer — that sounds so crazy! But my doctor did tell me that this is a happily-ever-after kind of thing.”
More than 56,000 people are diagnosed with thyroid cancer each year, but less than 1,800 die from it annually, according to ABC News.
The most common treatment is to remove the gland through surgery.
The thyroid gland makes hormones that regulate heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and weight, so without it, Brooke will have to take thyroid hormone pills for the rest of her life.
“I guess the truth is, I’m always so used to being in control and taking care of everybody and all my kids, and now I find myself in this really out-of-control situation,” Brooke, a mother of four, said in her video. “I’m going to be a really good patient and I’m going to do everything that I need to do.”
This is such sad news. Our thoughts are certainly with Brooke and her family at this time. We hope for a speedy recovery after her surgery.
“I feel really good, and I’ve actually never felt better and that’s what’s so crazy about this whole thing,” she concluded. “I’m just going to make a positive out of this negative thing.”
— Chris Rogers
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