Brooke Burke-Charvet has received an outpouring of support since revealing her thyroid cancer diagnosis. The "Dancing With The Stars" host told fans today that she will be taking some "mandatory downtime" for treatment, which does include surgery. She will undergo thyroid surgery and a thyroidectomy. The 41-year-old presenter has been a long-time advocate of wellness and health with her "Modern Mom" web series and blog.
Brooke's "DWTS" family is firmly in her corner. Her co-host Tom Bergeron told the ladies of "The Talk" that Brooke has his full "love and support." Dance pro Derek Hough, who danced with Brooke during Season 7 tweeted, "Love you Brookie B. [You're] in my prayers." Cheryl Burke also stayed on the motivational tip. She tweeted, "I love u @brookeburke!! Stay strong. Will be praying for u and sending u lots of positive energy!" Karina Smirnoff and Val Chmerkovskiy told "Access Hollywood" that the brunette beauty is "brave."
Brooke confesses that she was initially afraid of how people would react. Now she plans to share every step of her journey with her supporters. Her favorite encouragement so far as been a BFF who said, "I don't have time for cancer, I'm a MOM!"
Brooke is not the first beloved celeb to face a health challenge. Others have faced battles from cancer to diabetes with grace and courage that she may find inspiring.
Fans thought that Giuliana's issues around fertility might be the biggest health crisis she would face. Then the E! Network host received a diagnosis of breast cancer. Giuliana was candid about her journey throughout the disease, even revealing that she had a double mastectomy as treatment. The entertainment host boldly detailed her story on her reality show with her loving husband, "Giuliana and Bill." Wanda Sykes, Christina Applegate and Betsey Johnson have also beat breast cancer.
Lesson from Giuliana: Face the challenge head on.
Halle is known as one of the most beautiful women in the world. A "Bond" girl, beauty queen and mother, Ms. Berry also has diabetes. Halle ironically credits the disease with helping her to maintain her beauty. In a closed set interview with talk show host Wendy Williams, Halle revealed that diabetes forces her to avoid sugar and watch what she eats. Halle joins Paula Deen, Sherri Shepherd, Randy Jackson and Larry King as other celebs living with this dreaded condition.
Lesson from Halle: The disease doesn't take away from who you are.
Catherine Zeta Jones
Catherine and her hubby Michael Douglas are true movie stars. Hollywood royalty doesn't get any more regal. The two proved that illness does not discriminate when they faced private health battles hand in hand. After Michael survived a fight with throat cancer, Zeta Jones went into treatment for bipolar disorder. Catherine confessed, "You find out who you really are and who you are married to. You find things inside yourself you never imagined were there."
Lesson from Catherine: Deal with challenges together.
The health issues that these stars faced all have great lessons for Brooke. We wish her a speedy recovery.
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