Cancer Type – Breast

Bio – The television host and news anchor started a new life after her fight with cancer.

Short Story – The co-host of the “Today Show” has a smile brighter than ever after her battle with breast cancer. The news came as a surprise, when she was diagnosed in February 2007. She never had a mammogram, and it was her gynecologist who found lumps in her breast.

Facing cancer and serious marital problems, she proceeded on an emotional battle. Kotb had a mastectomy, followed by five years of tamoxifen drug treatment, a breast cancer drug that blocks estrogen activity. Estrogen can fuel breast tumors. Side effects of the drug – her reproductive system shut down, she endured night sweats, and the possibility of ever having children was at risk.

Her message to breast cancer fighters, “I know you feel like you’re in hell now, but your life is about to get a whole lot better.” Hoda credits cancer for changing her life, and in part for where she is in her career, because it pushed her to fight for what she wanted.

“Cancer survivors are blessed with two lives,” she wrote in an essay for MSNBC. “There is your life before cancer, and your life after. I am here to tell you your second life is going to be so much better than the first.”

Hoda’s cancer is in remission, and she is thriving both professionally and personally. She adopted a baby girl in 2017. Congratulations Hoda.

Image Credits – By The Peabody Awards [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Hodakotb

Native nameهدى قطب Hudā Quṭb
BornAugust 9, 1964 (age 52), Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.
Alma materVirginia Tech
OccupationTelevision journalist
Years active1986–present
EmployerNBC News
Known forToday Show 4th hour co-anchor (2008–present), Today Show Entertainment correspondent (2008–present), Dateline NBC correspondent (1998–present)
Spouse(s)Burzis Kanga (m. 2005; div. 2007)
Partner(s)Joel Schiffman
ChildrenHaley Joy Kotb
Parent(s)A. K. Kotb (father), Sameha Kotb (mother)