Survivors Say - Hoda Kotb
I am an apple-eating, Central Park-running, pretty healthy woman. I thought I was living right, but life is funny, isn’t it? On Sunday everything is perfectly normal. Then on Monday, it’s all turned upside down with a call from the doctor: I had breast cancer and needed a mastectomy.
When it was over, I learned a couple of things. You realize your life is to be valued and not wasted. The mantra becomes “not one more minute.” I will not waste one more minute. I held on tightly to the things I loved and got rid of the things I didn’t.
I also walked away with four wonderful words: “You can’t scare me.” How perfect. No matter what happens in life, if you survive breast cancer, you get that.
— Hoda Kotb, fourth-hour co-anchor of NBC’s “Today,”correspondent for “Dateline NBC” and host of the weekly syndicated series “Your Total Health.” As keynote speaker for Anderson Network’s 21st annual Living With, Through and Beyond Cancer conference Sept. 10-12 in Houston, Kotb shared reflections on her breast cancer experience and the innerstrength essential throughout treatment and recovery.
Promise invites cancer survivors to share their reflections.E-mail Promise@mdanderson.org
Promise - Fall 2009
- Children’s Cancer Hospital: Practicing the Art of the Possible
- A Message From Dr. Mendelsohn
- iPromise: Jeff B. Love
- Philanthropy in Action
- Among Friends: Ruth Keller
- Survivors Say: Hoda Kotb
- Research Highlights
- Project Zero Delay Speeds Drug to Patients in Record Time
- Study Uncovers Genetic Link for Bladder Cancer
- Delivering Chemotherapy Straight to Ovarian Cancer Cells
- Common Diabetes Drug Reduces Pancreatic Cancer Risk
- Protein Dubbed 'Swiss Army Knife'
of DNA Repair
- Donors Make a Difference
- Farb's Legacy Opens Door in Personalized Cancer Therapy
- Student Organization Rallies to Support a 'Fine' Cause
- Randalls' Campaign Delivers Ingredients for Breast Cancer Awareness
- Couple Orchestrates Planned Gift
to cover Patients' Travel Costs
- News Makers:
- MD Anderson Ranks First in Cancer Care
- Collaboration to Speed Clinical Trials, Personalized Cancer Care
- New Chair of Clinical Prevention Arrives
- Women Faculty Programs Leader Garners Recognition
- Three Embark on an Odyssey of Learning and Discovery
- "Making Cancer History" Book Signing