Our hearts go out to mama-of-four Brooke Burke-Charvet – who is currently preparing to undergo thyroid cancer surgery this week.
The Dancing With the Stars co-host recently opened up about revealing her diagnosis to her four children Neriah, 12, Sierra, 10, Rain, 5, and 4-year-old Shaya, stating it was no easy task.
“I decided not to tell my children about my diagnosis for as long as I possibly could because I didn’t want them to worry,” the 41-year-old star wrote on her Modern Mom blog Wednesday. “I know that my younger ones still don’t have a great concept of time and I didn’t want them to be anxious, worried and asking 1,000 questions.”
Her two eldest daughters with ex-husband Garth Fisher were the first to learn of their mother’s diagnosis and reacted in very different ways.
“[Neriah] was really scared and concerned,” Brooke writes. “She cried, and her biggest fear was if I was going to be ok, [but Sierra was] “very factual and scientific [saying] ‘Ok, Mommy so you’re going to get the lump removed, so that’s a good thing.'”
And she “left it at that and never brought my surgery up again.”
It seems her two youngest children with hubby David Charvet didn’t take the news as well.
“Children process things so differently,” Brooke explains.
She writes that her son saying, “I don’t want Mommy to die” is “the stuff that breaks my heart and scares me.”
Though telling her children was definitely challenging, Brooke says she’s ready to have her surgery.
“So I’ve stocked the house up, I’ve done all my grocery shopping, I’ve made a few meals and the fridge is stocked with leftovers. I’ve organized all my children’s schedules and downloaded a few books,” she says. “I’ve packed my bag; I’m pretty much prepared and ready . . . with a lot of faith, a hopeful mind and the intent to have a speedy recovery.”
“I’m not afraid anymore,” she bravely adds. “I think I’ve been dealing with it so much the past couple months that now I’m ready to just get it done and put this behind me. My only need is being ok for my husband and my children so they don’t have to go through any pain and making this as easy as possible for them.”