Samantha Harris Undergoes Double Mastectomy
May 20, 2014
Former Dancing with the Stars co-host and ET correspondent Samantha Harris has successfully undergone a double mastectomy, calling the experience "grueling" and sending social-media props to her "amazing surgical team."
Samantha posted a pre-surgery selfie on Tuesday showing the ink guidelines on her chest, jokingly calling it "art." She captioned the pic: "Made it thru grueling double mastectomy #surgery. Thanks to all of my amazing surgical team. Like my "art" b4 heading in?! @GottaMkLemonade."
The 40-year-old mother-of-two sat down with ET's Brooke Anderson back in April to talk about her cancer diagnosis, her health and the overwhelming emotions she experienced upon hearing the news. After seeking opinions from three different specialists, she chose to undergo a double mastectomy, explaining, "I was sick of feeling the way that I did in the days after the diagnosis. I knew I needed to take control."
She said that she was determined to be here for her daughters, Josselyn, 6, and Hillary, 3, sharing, "All they're concerned about is to have mommy active, [to] be able to hold them, hug them, kiss them, be there, be present for everything. ... No matter how positive of a diagnosis as I have, it doesn't keep the demons of fear from taking over your mind and your thought process and thinking about the girls and thinking about [how] my dad wasn't able to walk me down the aisle. I will be here to plan my daughters weddings and they better like the dress I pick."
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