After undergoing surgery to treat complications from her May 19 double mastectomy, celebrity chef Sandra Lee is back home.
According to a Facebook post written by her team on Wednesday, the Food Network star was "up and energized" and "determined to go home today, even if that means 'hosting' a pick line or med line for IV infusions, as she must stay on massive antibiotics for a couple of weeks to fight against infection."
On Wednesday, Lee, 48, was snapped leaving the hospital in good spirits, accompanied by her longtime partner, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
She first announced her breast cancer diagnosis May 12 on Good Morning America, saying, "I didn't even cry. I was stunned."
Lee recalled how she received the news after doing a photo shoot for People magazine's Most Beautiful issue in late March.
"That's just how fast life turns," she told GMA. "It turns on a dime."
She also urged other women to get screened, despite some organizations recommending that women should only start getting regular mammograms once they turn 50.
"I'm 48 years old. I've got a couple years till 50 ... If I would have waited, I probably wouldn't even be sitting here," she said. "They say that there's an incredible amount of women in their 20s and 30s being diagnosed, and they're telling them to wait until they're 50? I don't even know who in good conscious could do that."
Thursday, Lee's team returned to Facebook to show their appreciation for her fans.
Sandra Returns Home
Dear Facebook family,This morning, Sandra woke up at HOME - which was her goal, despite the odds against it. Governor Cuomo picked her up at the hospital late yesterday...We were a little nervous because there were so many photographers and news crews following Sandra as she left the hospital, but we were also touched by the media's concern following Sandra's story. So for that we say THANK YOU, because we believe community support helps healing and wellness!!Since not all of you live in New York, we will post some of the stories New York TV newscasts aired to announce Sandra was going home last night. Sandra will have portable IVs and 24-hour nursing care to start - and her sister Kimmy is flying in from Seattle today to help with Sandra's recovery. We can also report that Phoenix and Halo are thrilled with this homecoming - and, as always, they will help with on-the-scene reporting updates of Sandra's progress.Thank you from us, and from Sandra for your ongoing prayers and support - and know that we hope to bring you more good news in the coming days and weeks!Posted by Sandra Lee on Thursday, August 13, 2015
"Thank you from us, and from Sandra for your ongoing prayers and support," the post reads. "And know that we hope to bring you more good news in the coming days and weeks!"