Brooke Burke-Charvet is cancer-free, thyroid surgery successful
Brooke Burke-Charvet says medical tests show she is cancer-free after undergoing surgery on her thyroid gland last week.
The 41-year-old co-host of the ABC show "Dancing With The Stars" and mother of four announced the news on her blog, ModernMom, on Wednesday, December 12.
"It's Day 7 post-surgery and I'm feeling pretty good. I'm quite sore but I have to say, every single day seems to be getting better," she wrote. "I just got the results back from all of my tests and great news - the thyroid cancer has been removed from my body and all my lymph nodes are clear. So I'm hoping that this is the end of the story. Woohoo!!! And thank GOD!"
Survivors of thyroid cancer are typically put on medication to provide hormones typically produced by the gland that regulatate heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and weight. The TV personality had already been taking such pills because she was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease, an autoimmune disease in which a person's anitibodies attack the thyroid.
Burke-Charvet first revealed her ailment in November. She said on her blog that since her surgery, she has spent the last week recovering at home, where she has been "watching a lot of TV, which I never do."
"Having movie marathons and I've almost made it through the entire season of Showtime's hit show 'Homeland,'" she added. "I can't remember the last time I lost myself in someone else's story."
Burke-Charvet says she will be on vacation for the rest of December. On Wednesday, Burke-Charvet posted a photo of a beach, saying on her WhoSay page: "Loving Malibu today."
She also doesn't have to go back to work on "Dancing With The Stars" for a while. The most recent 15th season, the "All-Stars" installment, ended on November 27. The 16th season is set to premiere on March 18, 2013.
Burke-Charvet and husband David Charvet, a "Batwatch" actor, wed in August 2011 in a secret ceremony in St. Barts after a five-year engagement. The two are parents to a son and daughter and Burke-Charvet also has two daughters from a previous marriage.
"Every day I'm feeling better and I'm looking forward to getting back to my usual routine, but with a bit of a different outlook," Brooke-Charvet wrote. "I've never been one to take life for granted and it sounds so cliché to say it, but this whole thyroid experience has given my family such a scare that it seems to have brought us all closer. And it's allowing us to ring in the New Year with a newfound respect for life."