“Dancing with the Stars” co-host Brooke Burke received an early Christmas present this year, news from her doctors that the surgery to treat her thyroid cancer has been successful and that she is now cancer free.
According to the Daily Mail, the 41-year old Burke recently underwent a thyroidectomy to eradicate cancer cells that were discovered earlier this year in her lymph nodes and thyroid gland.
She reports that her recovery at home is progressing very smoothly and she is getting a chance to just relax and do things like watch a lot of television which her normal hectic work schedule doesn’t allow. It took a week after the surgery before all the test results were in, confirming that the surgery was successful in removing all traces of cancer from Burke’s body.
Burke tweeted to fans that the remainder of the year will be devoted to relaxing at home and enjoying family time with husband David Charvet of “Baywatch” fame and the couple’s four children.
She added: “I’m resting, recovering. Surgery went well. Dr Adashek is a genius. Thx Dr! Feels like I got hit my a car.”
The model – who is married to former Baywatch showpony David Charvet – also revealed her greatest fear had not been realised.
“Thank God it’s over. I’m clean, surgery went well & I can talk. Losing My voice was my biggest fear. Thx for all your prayers & light.’
She admitted that undergoing surgery was not the scariest thing she faced. Burke says that she doesn’t know what she would have done had the cancer or the surgery left her without her voice or the ability to speak.
Writing on her ModernMom.com blog, she said: “I just got the results back from all of my tests and great news – the thyroid cancer has been removed from my body and all my lymph nodes are clear.
“So I’m hoping that this is the end of the story. Woohoo!!! And thank GOD!”
“I’ve been home for the past week, watching a lot of TV, which I never do.
“I’ve almost made it through the entire season of Showtime’s… Homeland. I can’t remember the last time I lost myself in someone else’s story.
“It’s so out of the ordinary for me – to not be working or rushing from place to place driving the kids around. But I have to admit I could kinda get used to this.
“In a weird way, it’s kind of the perfect ending to a very busy year. I’ve taken the rest of the year off to recover and catch up with my family and now we’re just celebrating life.”