Though she is best known for her hilarious role as Howard Stern's sidekick on the shock jock's popular XM radio show, Robin Quivers is shining a spotlight on a very unfunny aspect of her life—her battle with cancer.
Thankfully, the 61-year-old recently overcame the affliction after a 17-month battle, which involved a combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Sitting down with ET, she tells us her recovery was swift and relatively painless, thanks to a serious commitment to veganism that began in 2007.
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"I didn't really get side effects because I was basically strong and had reserves before things turned bad for me," she said of her experience after doctors removed a grapefruit-sized cancerous tumor in her bladder. "I have the feeling when people get to a diagnosis like mine they are already run down probably on meds with some chronic thing and they don't generally feel that great or have that much energy as a result."
Her new book, The Vegucation of Robin: How Real Food Saved My Life, offers some of Quivers' favorite recipes (over a hundred) in an effort to spread the word about her diet, and hopefully inspire other people overcoming health problems to make the most out of super foods.
"It's not a book promoting veganism, but it is promoting getting to know vegetables, beginning to love vegetables, and understanding that vegetables are really, really good for you," explains Quivers. "Everyone should be having more of them no matter how they eat. And I wanted to present them in well prepared ways that were very tasty, and that's what the book does.
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Click the video for more! Quivers opens up about when she was first diagnosed, and how Stern helped her though this difficult point in her life.
The Vegucation of Robin: How Real Food Saved My Life is available now.