Samantha Harris has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The television personality first became suspicious after she discovered a lump in her right breast during a routine self-examination. Although a recent mammogram came back clean, something “didn’t feel right” so she was prompted to visit a breast cancer specialist.
After having a needle biopsy and a lumpectomy, the devastating diagnosis was revealed.
“It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest,” the 40-year-old says of the shocking news.
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After conferring with three different specialists, she was faced with two treatment options—she could either go under the knife for a double mastectomy or a less-extreme option of an additional lumpectomy with radiation.
The former Dancing With the Stars co-host decided to undergo the mastectomy.
“I was sick of feeling the way that I did in the days after the diagnosis,” she explains. “I knew I needed to take control.”
Despite going under the knife for an invasive surgery, Samantha admits the decision to have a double mastectomy put her at ease, adding she “felt much calmer” after she made the decision.
Plus, it was important to the star to educate not only her family—including her husband Michael Hess and their two young daughters, Josselyn, 6, and Hillary, 3—but also the public.
Samantha’s surgery is scheduled for later this month.
People magazine was the first to reveal her shocking diagnosis.