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In an extended profile on The MMQB, Erin Andrews details the most trying year of her life, one in which she not only finally received a measure of justice for being illegally filmed in her hotel room years ago but was also handed a cervical cancer diagnosis by her doctor over the summer.
Andrews, who had not previously revealed this intimate information, was diagnosed in June, first had surgery in October and barely missed a complete week of work (when you combine her duties with ABC‘s “Dancing with the Stars” and FOX Sports).
Before she was wheeled into the operating room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Andrews gave strict orders to her oncologist: “I’m not watching any football games at home. This is [Fox’s] Super Bowl year, and I’m not missing the Super Bowl.”
Just two days after her surgery, Andrews took a red-eye to interview Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson. She then covered the Green Bay game that weekend from the sideline.
“Should I have been standing for a full game five days after surgery? Let’s just say the doctor didn’t recommend that,” Andrews says. “But just as I felt during my trial, sports were my escape. I needed to be with my crew.”
Andrews had a follow-up procedure two weeks later on Nov. 1 and was cleared of cancer — told no radiation or chemotherapy would be needed — two weeks after that on Nov. 17. Through it all, she continued working and once again proving that she’s the tough customer she has always learned to be not only in the industry but in life.
Learn more about cervical cancer and how to help at the NCCC website.