Erin Andrews Just Revealed She Secretly Battled Cervical Cancer This Season
Erin Andrews has revealed that she went through a secret battle with cervical cancer during this NFL season.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” published Tuesday, the Fox Sports sideline reporter revealed that she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in September of last year and kept it quiet until now.
Her diagnosis came just a few months after she had finished a very public trial against a stalker who followed her to a hotel room and filmed her through a peephole in 2008. The video, which circulated on the Internet, caused Andrews a lot of personal pain and suffering. She had finally put that behind her, and now was faced with another battle.
At first, Andrews didn’t tell her colleagues of her diagnosis and refused to let it become another obstacle that would affect her career and keep her from her love of being on the sidelines.
The sideline reporter and “Dancing with the Stars” host only took two days off from the ABC show to deal with her diagnosis, but she didn’t miss a single NFL broadcast with her Fox team.
On the day of her first surgery on Oct. 11, before heading into the operating room, Andrews told her oncologist she would not miss a game. “I’m not watching any football games at home,” Andrews recalled saying to her doctor. “This is [Fox’s] Super Bowl year, and I’m not missing the Super Bowl.”
Two days after surgery Andrews was back on the job and on a flight to Green Bay for her next game. (SLIDESHOW: Erin Andrews Is The Original Sideline Stunner)
“Should I have been standing for a full game five days after surgery? Let’s just say the doctor didn’t recommend that,” Andrews told MMQB. “But just as I felt during my trial, sports were my escape. I needed to be with my crew.”
“Throughout my career, all I’ve ever wanted is to just fit in,” Andrews said. “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.”
Andrews worked through two full weeks after her first surgery. On November 1, she went in for another procedure. “This is it,” she told her oncologist. “Fourth-and-two, fourth quarter. Let’s do this.”
About two weeks later the doctor called and told Andrews her margins were clear and she would not have to go through radiation or chemotherapy.
Since then, Andrews has been on the sidelines every Sunday — and you better believe she’ll be there Super Bowl Sunday when the New England Patriots face the Atlanta Falcons in Houston on Feb. 5.