Veteran journalist Katie Couric shared some personal news on Wednesday.
In a post on her website, Couric shared that she was diagnosed with breast cancer a few months ago.
“Why not me,” she captioned the post. “June 21, 2022, was the first day of summer, my 8th wedding anniversary, and the day I found out I had breast cancer.”
“I felt sick and the room started spinning,” Couric wrote. “I was in the middle of an open office, so I went into a corner and spoke quietly, not hearing the questions running through my head in my mouth.”
She explained that her gynecologist had reminded her that her last mammogram was in December 2020.
Couric, who lost her first husband Jay Monahan to colon cancer in 1998, said she plans to film the test to share with her audience, such as when she was diagnosed with colon cancer while working for the morning show “Today.”
Because she has dense breast tissue, she explained, she routinely gets breast sonograms in addition to mammograms because dense breasts can make mammograms more difficult to detect abnormalities.
A sonogram found something and a follow-up biopsy determined she had cancer.
“The heart-stopping, suspended-animation feeling I remember when everything came back for good: Jay’s colon cancer diagnosis at 41 and the terrifying, exhausting nine months that followed,” she wrote. “My sister Emily’s pancreatic cancer, which would later kill her at 54, really ended her political career. My mother-in-law Carol was battling ovarian cancer, which she was fighting when she buried her son a year and nine months before she cremated herself.”
Her family has had good cancer results, she wrote, with her mother “diagnosed with mantle cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which had been put at bay for a decade,” her father with prostate cancer, and her now-husband, John, with “a coconut-sized tumor on his liver.” ,” which was surgically removed a few months before their wedding.
Couric had surgery in July to remove a lump in her breast that she said was “2.5 centimeters, roughly the size of an olive” and radiation, which, she wrote, ended Tuesday.
She went public with her experience, she wrote, as a teachable moment that she hopes will save lives.
“Please get your annual mammogram. This time I’m six months late,” Couric wrote. “I shudder to think what would have happened if I had put it off longer. But just as importantly, please find out if you need additional screening.”