UPDATE: On December 6, Brooke Burke-Charvet underwent a successful thyroid cancer surgery and is now recovering, according to Us Weekly. "Thank God it's over. I'm clean, surgery went well and I can talk. Losing my voice was my biggest fear," Brooke tweeted following the surgery. "Thanks for all your prayers and light."
We love Brooke Burke-Charvet’s tireless effervescence on Dancing With the Stars, but it turns out that behind that megawatt smile, she’s been battling some tough medical issues for several months.
The 41-year-old TV star and mother of four took to her personal video blog to share with her fans the straight facts regarding her health. She reveals that a few months ago, during a routine physical, her doctor discovered a nodule on her thyroid that ultimately turned out to be cancerous. Her treatment includes thyroidectomy surgery, which will leave a large scar across Brooke’s neck. She says, “I don’t get to just walk around and pretend like nothing happened or not follow up or not share it because it’s going to be pretty much dead center.”
Despite the surprising diagnosis, Brooke insists she feels great and is in fantastic spirits — and you can see as much in her video below. Her doctors assure her that because she was asymptomatic and the cancer was caught so early, she should have a full recovery.
We’re inspired by the way Brooke is handling her illness with strength and grace. We wish her the speediest of recoveries!