2016 was even more difficult for Erin Andrews than we thought.
In September, just after the sportscaster settled her $55 million peeping tom lawsuit, the 38-year-old was diagnosed with cervical cancer.
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Speaking with Sports Illustrated's The MMQB, Miz Andrews opened up for the very first time about her secret diagnosis and undergoing a successful surgery to remove all traces of the disease.
The sports journalist, who recently got engaged to hockey player Jarret Stoll, revealed:
"After the trial everyone kept telling me, ‘You're so strong, for going through all of this, for holding down a job in football, for being the only woman on the crew.' Finally I got to the point where I believed it too. ‘Hey, I have cancer, but dammit, I am strong, and I can do this.'"
Despite being told she needed to have surgery immediately after her diagnosis, the NFL on Fox sideline reporter pushed through to cover a game that weekend — before flying to Los Angeles to take care of her health under the radar.
She recalled announcing before heading into the procedure on October 11:
"I'm not watching any football games at home this year. This is our Super Bowl year, and I'm not missing the Super Bowl."
And she was right! Erin was back on the field just days later in Green Bay.
The TV personality explained:
"Should I have been standing for a full game five days after surgery? Let's just say the doctor didn't recommend that. But just as I felt during my trial, sports were my escape. I needed to be with my crew."
Weeks later, Andrews found out she was in the clear and would not need further treatment.
Amazing!! We just love a happy ending!
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After everything the host went through, she believes she's now able to better understand her job:
"In a way, this all has allowed me related to players more. I understand what it's like to be the story."
What an inspiration.
To read Erin's full interview, click HERE.
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