Samantha Harris says it was a gut feeling that led her to believe the lump in her breast was something that had to be checked up on. The former Dancing with the Stars co-host and ET correspondent opened up to ABC News recently to talk about her journey and not wanting her daughters Josselyn, 6, and Hillary, 3, “to be afraid.”
She told Amy Robach, “It took me four months to go, ‘This doesn’t sit right with me. Four months later, when I went to see my specialist, I had a needle biopsy, after two ultrasounds, and I had an MRI right before we scheduled a lumpectomy”
She continued, “Even the pathology they do in the operating room said no cancer, so I came out and my husband (Michael Hess), right next to me, said, ‘Babe, you’re all clear’. I didn’t even take him to the follow up because I thought I didn’t have cancer.”
When she found out she did have breast cancer she was alone in her doctor’s office.
“I started to realize that they kept saying the word ‘Carcinoma’. That means cancer, so I guess I have cancer. Then the tears welled up in my eyes and it wasn’t until the surgeon left the room that all I wanted to do was crumble into my husband’s arms.”
Harris said she and her husband will tell their girls separately due to their varying ages The 40-year-old stated, “I want them to hear from me first what Mommy has and that I’m going to be fine. I don’t want them to be afraid.”
She plans to undergo surgery for a double mastectomy and plans to make a video diary documenting her health journey which they might show their daughters at a later date.
According to E! News – Harris also told People, “The day we found out while it was still fresh in our minds, we made a video. I don’t know if we’ll end up showing it to them, but at least we have the option. Having lost my dad when he was just 50, I was lucky because I was 22 and I’d had him through my whole adolescence.”
“No matter how positive of a diagnosis as I have, it doesn’t keep the demons of fear from taking over your mind and your thought process and thinking about the girls and thinking about [how] my dad wasn’t able to walk me down the aisle,” she added. “I will be here to plan my daughters’ weddings and they better like the dress I pick.”
Last week she posted a cute photo of Hillary via WhoSay alongside the caption: “Nothing like a little girlie nail salon with our 3-yr-old playing manicurist! Makes EVERYTHING worthwhile! #momFirst.”