Former American Idol judge Kara Dioguardi recently had to make a difficult decision regarding her health.
The 42-year-old songwriter tells People that she underwent surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes last year to reduce the risk of breast cancer.
“In December 2011, I found out I had a Brca2 gene mutation, which my doctor said meant my chances of developing breast cancer over my lifetime were as high as 80 percent, and up to 30 percent for ovarian cancer,” she reveals. “My grandmother had breast cancer, and my mother [passed away after she] was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 50."
“So last December, I had prophylactic surgery to remove my uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes," she continues. "My doctor told me it could reduce my chances of getting cancer by a significant amount. I took a calculated risk.”
It was certainly a tough choice to make, considering it meant she would no longer be able to carry a child.
Luckiy, she and husband Mike were able to have a child with the help of a gestational surrogate, who delivered their son, Grayson, on January 31, 2013.
“When I had the surgery, it was helpful to know that this amazing woman was carrying our child — our last embryo took on the first try — and I was taking care of things to ensure I'd be around to see our son grow up,” she said.
“When I have my son in my arms, I think about how I'd go through it all again,” she said. “The five years of infertility, the operations — just for him.”
Don't make us cry, Kara! In fact, this type of devotion to her family makes Kara our own personal idol.
Source: People via Entertainmentwise