The 65-year-old former “Today” show anchor just revealed she was diagnosed in June. Cancer is no stranger to Katie … she lost her first husband, Jay Monahan, to colon cancer in 1998. Her sister died from pancreatic cancer and her mother-in-law died from ovarian cancer. She said, “My mood quickly shifted from disbelief to resignation. Given my family’s history of cancer, why would I be spared? My reaction went from, “Why me? to Why not me?”
Katie said, “Every two minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. On June 21st, I became one of them. As we approach #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth, I wanted to share my personal story with you all and encourage you to get screened and understand that you may fall into a category of women who needs more than a mammogram.”
She went on to describe her struggle … “I felt sick and the room started to spin. 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.”
Katie underwent surgery back in July. She started radiation treatment early this month.