She may be all smiles in the ballroom on Dancing With the Stars, but off-camera, Brooke Burke-Charvet has been hiding a frightening secret.
In a video she just posted to YouTube (so “you could hear it straight from me”), the DWTS host/author and mom of four reveals that a nodule that was discovered on her thyroid several months ago was biopsied and found to be cancerous.
“I need to have thyroid surgery and have a thyroidectomy, which means that I’m going to have a nice big scar right here across my neck,” she says. The very visible sign of her illness means “I don’t get to just walk around and pretend like nothing happened or not follow up or not share it because it’s going to be pretty much dead center.”
Because Brooke had no symptoms – the nodule was discovered during a routine checkup – the diagnosis stunned her. “I never, ever, ever thought I was going to get that phone call with bad news.”
See her personal video after the jump.
Despite her shock and sadness – it took her weeks to come to terms with the situation – Brooke is approaching treatment with her head and spirits high. “I’m just going to make a positive out of this negative thing,” she says. “And I’m going to be a really good patient and do everything I need to do.”
Fortunately, her form of thyroid cancer is highly treatable, and the prognosis is very good. “I feel fine and I feel really, really strong,” she says. “I’m going to fight through this, and as crazy as it is, my head is in the right place. It’s going to be good.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with Brooke. Stay strong!
[Photo: via Twitter]
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