January 10, 2013 09:33 AM by Donna W. Martin
Dancing With The Stars co-host, Brooke Burke Charvet went through some dark times following her cancer diagnosis. But thankfully, she made it through the darkness! Her doctor said she’s cancer-free and have given her a clean bill of health. And now, after taking some time to recuperate, Brooke is back to work and showing off her scar. Keep reading for more details.
According to People, Brooke remembers the moment she first got the news she had cancer. She thought in shock, “I never thought I’d hear the word ‘cancer’ in relation to myself. The [thought] in my mind when I [heard the news] is that I’m a mother, I’ve got four children, I’ve got a family counting on me.”
Telling her children about the cancer was particularly difficult. “I decided not to tell my children about my diagnosis for as long as I possibly could because I didn’t want them to worry.” Burke-Charvet posted on her Modern Mom blog prior to the surgery. “I know that my younger ones still don’t have a great concept of time and I didn’t want them to be anxious, worried, and asking 1,000 questions.”
Today, thankfully, Brooke is cancer-free, going on with her life, and not afraid to show off her scar. “I’m one of the lucky ones,” she said Tuesday on Good Morning America. “[There’s] no makeup on my scar. This is a first for me today,” she admitted. “I’ve been scarfing it up. But you know what, it’s fresh. It’s a month old and I think scars tell a story.” She added, “And I’m so fortunate.”
Now that it’s over, the wife and mother of four hopes others will learn from her story. “The message really is about preventative health because I had no symptoms,” she explained. “And generally, thyroid cancer [has] very subtle symptoms. I went for a regular physical — my early physical.”
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