New York Daily News: By Kate Feldman – Katie Couric was diagnosed with breast cancer in June, the former “Today” host announced Wednesday in a call to others to get screened.
Couric, 65, was diagnosed June 21, the first day of summer and her eighth wedding anniversary, she wrote in a blog post titled “Why NOT Me?” The plan, she wrote, had been to broadcast her routine mammogram to her audience, much like she had done in 2005 and with a colonoscopy in 2000.
Then, the doctor took a biopsy — and found cancer.
“I felt sick and the room started to spin,” Couric 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.”
There was no history of breast cancer in her family; her mother had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and her father had prostate cancer. Pancreatic cancer killed her sister at 54 and colorectal cancer killed her husband at 42. But most women with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.
“I didn’t want to call Ellie and Carrie until I had a better idea of my prognosis. Finally, four days after I was diagnosed, I FaceTimed each of them. I tried to be as reassuring as [Dr. Lisa Newman at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell],” Couric wrote of her daughters.
“Their faces froze in disbelief. Then shock. Then they began to cry. ‘Don’t worry,’ I told Carrie then Ellie, ‘I’m going to be fine,’ trying to convince myself as well as them.
“They’d already lost one parent. The idea of losing another was unfathomable.”
In July, Couric had a lumpectomy. In September, she began radiation, which wrapped up Tuesday.
Her message, she wrote, is simple: Get tested.
“Please get your annual mammogram. I was six months late this time. I shudder to think what might have happened if I had put it off longer,” she wrote.
Top Feature Photo: Katie Couric – Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images