Brooke Burke is prepping for surgery by keeping a positive attitude and gratitude for her health. She is also relying upon the support from fans and complete strangers who "have stopped me in the past month to share their thyroid scars & stories."
Burke revealed that she had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer last month by posting a YouTube video. "I need to have thyroid surgery and thyroidectomy, which means I'm going to have a nice, big scar right here across my neck," she said. "I'm just going to make a positive out of this negative thing. I'm going to be a really good patient, and I'm going to do everything that I need to do."
She revealed that she had already scheduled the surgery, which will take place sometime this week.
"Count down 2 my surgery now… I'm going nuts thinking about laying around 4 my recovery," Burke tweeted yesterday. "Not good at that! Grateful every day for my health."
While the news came as a shock to fans of the "Dancing With the Stars" co-host, Burke has said that those same fans are the ones that are helping her through this time.
"I am touched and appreciative to all of you for sharing your positive wishes for my surgery, and for sharing many of your personal thyroid experiences. I really do read your comments and they all mean a lot to me. I'm getting ready this week for my surgery and am planning on a speedy recovery," she posted on her Facebook page.
"What a crazy time, but I am surrounded with love and support and that really makes a world of difference," Burke added. "Thank you for following me and for all your thoughts and prayers. I feel it, truly, and your energy outweighs my stress! From the bottom of my heart, thank you."
Burke is certainly not alone with her diagnosis. Many people live with undetected thyroid cancer, and the disease is, according to medicine.net, three times more common in women than in men. Surgery is the most common treatment for thyroid cancer that has not spread to any other area of the body.
If caught early, and if the cancer has not spread to other regions, the survival rate is relatively high.