Brooke Burke-Charvet, the co-host of Dancing With the Stars, posted a video on YouTube yesterday, revealing in a candid speech that she has thryoid cancer and will be having surgery to treat it.
Thryoid cancer attacks the thyroid gland, which is in the neck and produces hormones for the body which help control how the body takes in and uses energy and protein from food, as well as the way your body reacts to other hormones. The best treatment for thyroid cancer is simply to to have your thyroid removed, which means that thyroid hormone replacement medication is necessary for the rest of the patient's life.
The thought of all of this is, of course, utterly terrifying, but as Brooke says in her video "Doctors say this is a good kind of cancer to have," adding "Good Cancer? That sounds so crazy." Plus, despite saying "I'm always so used to being in control and taking care of everybody and all my kids, and now I find myself in this really out-of-control situation," she absolutely seems completely in control of herself and her emotions. "I'm gonna be a really good patient" she said, " I'm just going to make a positive out of this negative thing." The video ends with the 'Stand Up To Cancer' logo. The video has already garnered almost 200,000 views and countless comments wishing her luck, plus many have shared their own stories. Her 'negative thing' already seems to be creating something positive by drawing in lines of communication, making cancer okay to talk about and opening up networks of support. We at Contact Music wish Brooke Burke-Charvet all the very best.
You can see the full video of what she has to say below: