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
|Native name||هدى قطب Hudā Quṭb|
|Born||August 9, 1964 (age 56), Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Virginia Tech (B.A.)|
|Known for||Co-anchor of the Today show (2018–present), Today Show 4th hour co-anchor (2008–present), Dateline NBC correspondent (1998–present)|
|Spouse(s)||Burzis Kanga (m. 2005; div. 2008)|
|Partner(s)||Joel Schiffman (2013–present; engaged)|
|Parent(s)||A. K. Kotb (father), Sameha Kotb (mother)|