After being diagnosed with breast cancer in June, Katie Couric has revealed that she is undergoing treatment for the disease.
After revealing that she has breast cancer through an Instagram post that she posted on Sept. 28 as part of her Katie Couric Media website in a first-person essay, the former TODAY co-anchor outlined her journey in a first-person report.
Her Instagram Account Was Updated With The News
A woman in the United States is diagnosed with the disease every two minutes, and Couric, 65, shared this shocking statistic at the beginning of one of her most recent Instagram posts.
“On Jun. 21, I became one of them,” the writer wrote. “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.”
According to a blog post on her Katie Couric Media website, Katie revealed that she discovered her diagnosis a few days before the eighth anniversary of her marriage to John Molner. “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,” she elaborated.
In her statement, Couric said that her thoughts immediately went to her first husband, Jay Monahan, immediately after learning of the disease in her family. The latter died in 1998 at the age of 42 of colon cancer.
On Sept. 7, She Began Radiation Treatments After Surgery In July
On Sept. 7, she wrote that she had undergone surgery in July and had begun radiation treatments. In addition to being devastated by the death of her first husband, Jay Monahan, from colon cancer at 42, Couric also described the “suspended animation” feeling she experienced when learning she had breast cancer.
She has also had to deal with the deaths of her sister at 54 from pancreatic cancer and her mother-in-law at 54 from ovarian cancer. As well to her mother, her father also had a history of cancer in their family.
Couric’s admission that she has no family history of breast cancer led her to discover that 85% of the 264,000 women in the U.S. diagnosed with breast cancer each year do not have any family history of the disease.
During her visit to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Couric underwent a lumpectomy on Jul. 14. As per her doctors, she did not require chemotherapy because the chances of her cancer returning are very low. However, she still had to undergo radiation treatments to forego chemotherapy.
Her breast cancer journey has motivated her to be a spokesperson to encourage other women to make sure to get their regular exams, just like the death of her first husband led her to urge other women to get colonoscopies to catch colon cancer at a young age.
Who Is Katie Couric?
The New York Times best-selling memoir Going There by Katie Couric was published in October 2021. Couric is an award-winning journalist. Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) is another organization she co-founded.
More than $700 million has been raised by Stand Up To Cancer since 2008, and nine new FDA-approved treatments have resulted from its research.
Katie intended to share the story of her tragic experience with other women to encourage them. Our prayers go out to her for a speedy recovery.