Katie Couric Writes Brave Essay about Her Breast Cancer Experience

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Katie Couric shared a personal story in an essay she posted on her website. The article discusses her diagnosis of breast carcinoma, the treatment she underwent, and the importance screenings. 

Couric shares her diagnosis of breast cancer with the world

“June 21, 2022, was the first day of summer, my 8th wedding anniversary, and the day I found out I had breast cancer,” Couric’s essay began. She remembered that her gynecologist had told her that she was due for a mammogram. So she made an appointment to have it done. 

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Couric recorded her appointment to remind her fans to get mammograms. The former news anchor got a message from the office advising that she should call them to discuss her results. 

“When I called back, Dr. Drossman picked up right away,”Couric wrote. “‘Your biopsy came back. It’s cancer. You’re going to be fine but we need to make a plan.’ 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.”

The Treatments She Underwent To Treat The Illness

Couric decided to have a consult with doctors and would be having a procedure. “breast conservation”Surgery, also called a lumpectomy. The procedure was scheduled for July 14—just a month after she was diagnosed. 

“Throughout the process, I kept thinking about two things: How lucky I was to have access to such incredible care, since so many people don’t,”Couric explained. “And how lucky I was to be the beneficiary of such amazing technology. It made me feel grateful and guilty—and angry that there’s a de facto caste system when it comes to healthcare in America.”

Couric’s tumor was removed and she underwent a few rounds of radiation earlier this month. “I was warned that I may be fatigued and my skin may turn a little pink. Yesterday was my final round. My left breast does look like I’ve been sunbathing topless, but other than that, I’ve felt fine,”She laughed. 

Couric ‘Shudder[s] To Think What Might Have Happened’ Had She Not Gotten A Mammogram

She ended her essay by pleading with her readers to have regular mammograms. “I was six months late this time. I shudder to think what might have happened if I had put it off longer,”Couric explained. “But just as importantly, please find out if you need additional screening. Forty-five percent of women in this country (yes, nearly half) have dense breasts, which can make it difficult for mammograms alone to detect abnormalities.”

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Couric has dedicated October to breast cancer. Her podcast and website will cover all aspects of the disease. 

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