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Katie Couric, 65, Reveals She Was Diagnosed With BREAST CANCER

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‘I felt sick…the room started spinning’: Katie Couric, 65, reveals she was diagnosed with BREAST CANCER in June — 24 years after first husband Jay died of colorectal cancer

  • The former NBC host shared the news on Instagram and in a personal essay published on her website on Wednesday
  • She explained that she was diagnosed with breast cancer on June 21 – the day of her eighth wedding anniversary to second husband John Molner
  • Couric’s first husband Jay Monahan died in January 1998 at the age of 42; her sister Emily died of pancreatic cancer in October 2001 at age 54
  • The TV host had a lumpectomy on July 14 and began radiation on September 7; she had her last round yesterday

Katie Couric has revealed she was diagnosed with breast cancer in June — just over 24 years after her first husband Jay died of colorectal cancer.

The 65-year-old shared the news in a candid personal essay published on her website on Wednesday, when she opened up about her anxiety on hearing her diagnosis, describing the heartbreaking moment she told her children, Ellie and Caroline, that she had cancer.

“Finally, four days after I was diagnosed, I face-timed them all,” she said. “I tried to be as reassuring as Dr. Newman was. Their faces stiffened in disbelief. Then shock. Then they started to cry.’

She added: ‘They had already lost a parent [Couric’s first husband Jay]. The idea of ​​losing another was unfathomable.”

Katie Couric has revealed she had breast cancer on June 21 – just over 24 years after her first husband Jay Monahan died of colorectal cancer

Couric wrote that her diagnosis came on June 21 — her eighth wedding anniversary to second husband John — after she had a routine mammogram that raised concerns with her doctor.

According to the former NBC host, her doctor urged her to have a biopsy to “check” something that came up during her screening, with the medical professional noting that “it could be scar tissue,” but she ‘would feel more comfortable’ ‘take further testing.

‘Ugh. I wasn’t super excited about having a needle penetrate my chest to take several tissue samples, but I was thankful she was so thorough,” Couric wrote.

“I left with mesh in my bra and a promise she would contact you.”

The next day, Couric received a text from her doctor asking her to call the office urgently. Then she got the heartbreaking news of her diagnosis.

“I felt nauseous and the room started spinning,” the mother of two recalls. “I was in the middle of an open-plan office, so I walked to a corner and spoke softly, my mouth couldn’t keep up with the questions racing through my head.”

She underwent lumpectomy surgery on July 14 and began radiation treatment on September 7, which she completed yesterday.

Couric is pictured July 7 - two weeks after her diagnosis and a week before she had a lumpectomy to remove the cancerous tissue from her breast

Couric is pictured July 7 – two weeks after her diagnosis and a week before she had a lumpectomy to remove the cancerous tissue from her breast

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