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Sandra Lee Reveals Breast Cancer Battle: ‘Life Can Turn On A Dime’

Tue, May 12, 2015 9:12am EDT by 2 Comments

Such sad news. Sandra Lee announced on May 12 that she’s battling breast cancer, and has chosen to undergo a double mastectomy to avoid radiation.

Sandra Lee, 48, made a brave announcement on May 12, telling Good Morning America viewers that she’s been diagnosed with breast cancer. The celebrity chef said she was “shocked” by the sudden news, and revealed her plans for treatment.

Sandra Lee Breast Cancer: Undergoing Double Mastectomy

“Life can turn on a dime,” the Food Network star told People after making the announcement.

Sandra was diagnosed in March after a routine mammogram, and has made the decision to have a double mastectomy, even though the cancer was only found in her right breast, so she does not have to go through radiation. “I never want to go through this again,” she said on GMA.

Still, despite being stunned by the diagnosis, she’s remaining positive. “It beats up your body and it beats you up emotionally,” Sandra admitted. “And it — I wasn’t going to let it rob me of one day of happiness.”

How Sandra Lee Will Use Her Breast Cancer Diagnosis To Help Others

The 48-year-old plans to use her difficult situation as a way to raise awareness for others. “I plan to spread the word about early detection,” she explains, adding, “My doctor called me a poster girl for mammography.” (Women aren’t generally suggested to begin getting regular mammograms at the age of 50).

Already, Sandra has began documenting her treatments and thoughts in a video diary, and she urged women to get early mammograms during her GMA appearance.

“I don’t want women to wait. That’s why I’m talking,” she said. “If it saves one person, and makes one more person go get a mammogram, and if they’re sitting down right now watching this — don’t watch this TV. Go pick your phone up, and call your doctor and get your rear end in there and get a mammogram right now.”

Our thoughts are with Sandra during her surgery and recovery.

–Alyssa Norwin