The 65-year-old penned an essay opening up about her recent health scare.
Veteran news anchor Katie Couric recently revealed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 65. Her first husband Jay Monahan died of colon cancer in 1998, reports PEOPLE. Now in an essay titled Why NOT Me? published on her website the journalist and author is urging her followers to get their annual mammograms. She spoke about her own family's history of cancer where her father had prostate cancer and her mother had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. This begged the question, "Why would I be spared?" she wrote adding, "My reaction went from 'Why me?' to 'Why not me?' "
After a routine mammogram and biopsy, Couric received her diagnosis on June 21. "I felt sick and the room started to spin," the former Today anchor wrote. "I was in the middle of an open office, so I walked to a corner and spoke quietly, my mouth unable to keep up with the questions swirling in my head. 'What does this mean? Will I need a mastectomy? Will I need chemo? What will the next weeks, months, even years look like?' " Couric underwent a lumpectomy surgery on July 14, which removed a tumor “roughly the size of an olive.” The former talk show host then started a few weeks of radiation that ended this month.
Couric is sharing her story to encourage people to make their health a priority and not miss out on routine tests. “Every two minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. On June 21st, I became one of them,” she wrote on Instagram, adding that Breast Cancer Awareness Month is just around the corner. Couric requested that everyone get their annual mammogram and not delay it no matter what. She herself was six months late and wondered what would have happened if she would have waited longer than that.
On the day of Couric's cancer diagnosis, she and husband John Molner celebrated their 8th wedding anniversary, according to Good Housekeeping. Even Molner is no stranger to health scares having had "a tumor the size of a coconut on his liver" surgically removed prior to their 2014 wedding. As part of the anniversary tribute, he shared a sweet snap of his wife with Tom Petty's “You and Me” lyrics: We will get older among this crowd. The water roars and rumbles down. Just you and me— And the road ahead. It looks like the two are promising to be there for each other no matter what and will storm any weather ...together.
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