Kara DioGuardi (Getty Images)Kara DioGuardi became a first-time mom earlier this year when a surrogate delivered her son, Greyson. Now she's speaking out about her journey to motherhood, which included radical surgery to remove her reproductive organs.
The hit songwriter and former "American Idol" judge, 42, revealed that while trying to start a family with her husband, Mike McCuddy, she underwent genetic testing in 2011. It was then that DioGuardi learned she carries the BRCA2 gene that put her at high risk of ovarian cancer. Because her mother died after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 50 and her grandmother had breast cancer, she had surgery this past December to remove her uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes.
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