Jaclyn Hendricks reports that days after being diagnosed with cervical cancer and just moments before surgery, former TruBiotics spokeswoman Erin Andrews had one request for her oncologist.
“I’m not watching any football games at home. This is [Fox’s] Super Bowl year, and I’m not missing the Super Bowl,” Andrews recalled saying.
Cavalierness made even more frightening given that the newest study shows that cervical cancer mortality rates are higher than previously thought.
The FOX broadcaster, who has become a sideline staple on NFL Sundays, revealed to MMQB.com she was diagnosed in late September following a routine checkup last June. While in a meeting with colleagues ahead of the Giants’ Week 3 showdown with the Redskins at MetLife, Andrews received a phone call from her doctor confirming it was cancer.
“When you hear the word cancer, you fear the worst,” said Andrews’ father, Steve. “When it’s your child, you think to yourself, you think, ‘God: Take me, not her.’ She has been through enough. She is just getting her life back.”
Andrews was back in the grind 48 hours after her surgery.
“Should I have been standing for a full game five days after surgery? Let’s just say the doctor didn’t recommend that,” Andrews told the website. “But just as I felt during my trial, sports were my escape. I needed to be with my crew.”
Hey, she's just like a head coach.
Andrews faced another procedure on Nov. 1, less than a month after her first. Nearly two weeks later, she received the phone call she had been waiting for: She was in the clear.
“Such an incredible weight had been lifted off her shoulders,” Andrews’ father recounted. “I try not to think about what happened to her too much. But when I do, and I consider the enormity of what Erin has endured, I’ll often just sit down and cry.”
Andrews will cover the Super Bowl on Feb. 5, and she got her happy ending with longtime boyfriend Jarret Stoll, a former NHL player, in the form of a holiday engagement.
“We went there for Christmas to see the Christmas decorations, and we had a lovely dinner and he did it right there at dinner at Disneyland,” Andrews gushed on “Good Morning America.” “I was bawling like a child.”
Thank god Erin was able to relay the story of her strength to the website.
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