Today legend Katie Couric reveals breast cancer diagnosis and admits she “got sick” when she heard the devastating news

KATIE Couric has revealed she has breast cancer and underwent surgery to treat it in July.

The former Today show host, 65, said she was diagnosed with the disease on June 21 – the day of their eighth wedding anniversary.

Katie Couric has revealed that she has breast cancer and underwent surgery back in July

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Katie Couric has revealed that she has breast cancer and underwent surgery back in JulyCredit: Instagram/Katie Couric
The former Today Show host, 65, was diagnosed with the disease in June and began radiation therapy earlier this month

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The former Today Show host, 65, was diagnosed with the disease in June and began radiation therapy earlier this monthPhoto credit: Katie Couric

Katie announced the devastating news by posting a photo of herself in a mask and hospital gown on Instagram on Wednesday.

She wrote alongside: “Every two minutes in the United States, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.

“On June 21, I became one of them. As we approach #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth, I wanted to share my personal story with all of you and encourage you to get screened and understand that you may fall into a category of women who may need more than one mammogram.”

The journalist, whose late husband Jay Monahan died of cancer, shared the detailed story of her journey in an essay on her Katie Couric Media website.

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Recalling the moment she found out, Katie wrote: “I was getting sick and the room started spinning.

“I was in the middle of an open office, so I walked into a corner and spoke softly, my mouth unable to keep up with the questions swirling in my head.

“What does that mean? Do I need a mastectomy? Do I need chemo? What will the next few weeks, months, even years be like?”

Katie, who appeared on the Today Show for 15 years until 2006, recalled the heartache she felt when her husband Jay died of colon cancer in 1998 at the age of 42.

She wrote, “The heartbreaking, floating animation feeling I remember all too well came back: Jay’s colon cancer diagnosis at 41 and the terrifying, extraordinary nine months that followed.”

Katie told her daughters Ellie, 31, and Caroline, 26, the heartbreaking news days after her diagnosis.

DEVASTATING NEWS

“I didn’t want to call Ellie and Carrie until I had a better idea of ​​my prognosis,” she said.

“Finally, four days after my diagnosis, I FaceTimed each of them. I tried to be as reassuring as Dr. newman Their faces froze in disbelief.

“Then shock. Then they started crying. ‘Don’t worry,’ I said to Carrie, then to Ellie, ‘I’ll be fine,’ trying to convince myself and her.

“They had already lost a parent. The idea of ​​losing another one was unfathomable.”

The author then addressed her family’s history with the disease, revealing that her sister Emily and mother-in-law Carol had both died from cancer.

Katie revealed that her husband John Molnor “had a tumor the size of a coconut on his liver” which was surgically removed just months before their 2014 wedding.

KATIE’S JOURNEY

She added: “My mood quickly shifted from disbelief to resignation. Given my family’s history of cancer, why should I be spared? My reaction went from ‘why me?’ to “Why Not me?'”

The presenter had a lumpectomy in July but was able to forego chemotherapy as the chances of her cancer returning are slim.

However, she still required radiation treatments, which began on September 27.

Katie explained that she also had to take medication, an “aromatase inhibitor,” for five years.

Katie urged other women to make sure they take their regular exams.

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“Please do your annual mammogram. I was six months late this time,” she wrote.

“I shudder to think what would have happened if I had delayed it any longer. But just as importantly, please find out if you need additional investigations.”

Katie's daughters Caroline (seen here) and Ellie cried when they found out

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Katie’s daughters Caroline (seen here) and Ellie cried when they found outPhoto credit: Instagram
The presenter felt sick when she found out about her diagnosis

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The presenter felt sick when she found out about her diagnosisPhoto credit: Katie Couric
Katie's husband Jay Monahan died of colon cancer in 1998 at the age of 42

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Katie’s husband Jay Monahan died of colon cancer in 1998 at the age of 42Photo credit: Getty
Katie left the Today Show in 2006 after 15 years on the programme

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Katie left the Today Show in 2006 after 15 years on the programmePhoto credit: Getty

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