NBC Anchor Delivers Tearful Announcement About Health Diagnosis
Today in Iowa anchor Calyn Thompson from NBC affiliate WHO 13 News announced her breast cancer diagnosis on air on Wednesday morning.
"Six months ago, I did an interview during breast cancer awareness month reminding you to stay up to date on your mammograms. Little did I know that interview would foreshadow the beginning of my own journey," said Thompson.
"Each day you welcome us into your homes so we can share the stories of others. Rarely are we the ones the story is about, but I wanted to share something personal with you that's taking place in my life. This past November, I was diagnosed with breast cancer," she shared.
The anchor continued, "My medical team is confident it is treatable and curable, and I am completely confident in my medical team. I have completed six chemotherapy treatments, and it feels so good to have that hurdle behind me."
Thompson also expressed her feelings at finding out about her diagnosis, saying, "It was a shock when I found out I had breast cancer. And it honestly took me several weeks to process. I asked a lot of 'whys?' and have found maybe using my platform here at WHO 13 News to share my story is 'my why.' If I can help even one person, it will be worth it."
She also warned viewers that anyone could have breast cancer, so screenings are very important even if you feel you are too young for one.
"I share my story for awareness. I was diagnosed two weeks after I turned 28 years old. I've learned cancer doesn't discriminate; not with age or profession, it can happen to anyone. Don't put off preventative screenings. And if something doesn't feel right like it didn't for me, please go get it checked out by your doctor. Early detection does save lives," she urged viewers.
Thompson thanked fans of the morning show for tuning in and helping her find the motivation to remain positive during such a difficult time.
She added, "Little do you know how much you've been here for me these past few months. There were some mornings I didn't feel like getting up and going, but you helped me find the strength to get here and deliver the news. Coming to work every day has been the sense of normalcy and purpose I've needed to get through this medical journey."
She ended her message announcing that she'll have surgery later this month and will take a few weeks off work to recover and rest, but promised she'll be "back and better than ever."
After she delivered the news of her diagnosis, her co-anchors Justin Surrency and Megan Salois offered their support, commending her strength.