The TV host and sports reporter kept her diagnoses a secret and continued to work between treatments
Some people stay home from work because they have the slightest hint of a cold. Erin Andrews, on the other hand, continued to work (on national TV no less) while she was going through cancer treatment. The sportscaster recently revealed to Sports Illustrated's all-NFL site The MMQB that she continued to work just a few days after undergoing surgery for cervical cancer. (It's important to note that Andrews says this was against her doctor's recommendations—rest is still important, you guys!)
Andrews received her diagnosis this past September, just months after winning the lawsuit surrounding the nude video of the TV host taken through a peephole while visiting a Nashville hotel, but decided to keep the news private at first. "Throughout my career, all I've ever wanted is just to fit in," she told The MMQB. "That I had this extra baggage with the scandal, I didn't want to be any different. I felt that way about being sick too. I don't want players or coaches to look at me differently."
She had surgery a few weeks later and took a few days off from hosting "Dancing with the Stars," but was back at it and back on the field within just five days to cover a Packers vs. Cowboys football game. She was determined to get back to normal.
"After the trial, everyone kept telling me, 'You're so strong, for going through all of this, for holding down a job in football, for being the only woman on the crew,'" Andrews told MMQB. "Finally I got to the point where I believed it too. 'Hey, I have cancer, but dammit, I am strong, and I can do this.'"
She continued to work for two weeks following her procedure, allowing a busy career to be her focus. While she needed to have a follow-up surgery, in November doctors gave her the all-clear (no more surgery; no chemo or radiation).
Andrews may have chosen to keep her health scare a secret at first, but by deciding now to open up about her cervical cancer, she helps to raise awareness about this decidedly alarming condition—one that's killing more American women than ever previously thought. With the trial and cancer behind her, we hope that Andrews has the opportunity to focus on what she does best—teaching the boys a thing or two about sports.