Entertainment Tonight's Samantha Harris announced that she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, but it sounds like she's ready to put on one heck of a fight!
The 40-year-old correspondent opened up about hearing the news for the first time and says it was definitely a surreal experience, revealing:
"The realization sort of overtook me, my eyes started to well up from tears when I was trying to keep myself calm because I thought the most important thing — was that I needed to focus and listen to what they were saying. I went back for the results of the pathology and I was by myself because there was nothing to worry about or so I thought."
After the initial shock, the first thing that came to her mind was her daughters Josselyn Sydney Hess and Hillary Madison Hess, and how she wanted to make sure she could be there for them no matter what:
"My daughters are three and six. All they're concerned about is to have mommy active, [to] be able to hold them, hug them, kiss them, be there, be present for everything. Having lost my dad when he was just 50, I was lucky because I was 22 and I'd had him through my whole adolescence"
She went on to say:
"No matter how positive of a diagnosis as I have, it doesn't keep the demons of fear from taking over your mind and your thought process and thinking about the girls and thinking about [how] my dad wasn't able to walk me down the aisle. I will be here to plan my daughters weddings and they better like the dress I pick."
Talk about having a fighter's spirit!
Samantha says she definitely wants to "take control" of the situation and is already taking action as she will undergo a double mastectomy ASAP.
We're definitely glad to hear she's staying positive, and hopefully her attitude and the support of her family can help her stay strong throughout the whole process!
We wish her nothing but the best, and all the strength in the world!
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