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Brooke Burke-Charvet is going through a health scare, and she's ready to talk about it. The Dancing with the Stars cohost revealed that she's been diagnosed with thyroid cancer in a video posted on her Modern Mom blog on Nov. 8.
"Long story. I got my results back and they were not good," said Burke-Charvet, 41. "I need to have thyroid surgery, a thyroidectomy, which means that I am going to have a nice big scar, right here, across my neck."
She added, however, that her prognosis was hopeful.
"Doctors say that this is a 'good kind of cancer to have.' That sounds so crazy. But my doctor did tell me that this is a happily ever after ending kind of thing."
Burke-Charvet won season 7 of Dancing with the Stars in 2008 and has cohosted the show’s last six seasons with Tom Bergeron. Fighting her cancer, however, will require her to adjust her mindset, Burke-Charvet said.
"I guess the truth is I'm always so used to being in control and taking care of everybody... and now I find myself in this really out of control situation. Here's the way I see it: I'm going to make a positive out of this negative thing. I am going to be a really good patient and I am going to do everything I need to do. I booked my surgery and it's taken me a couple months to really wrap my head around this."
The former DWTS champion has the full support of Bergeron, who has known for a while about Brooke's diagnosis.
"She knows my love and support are with [her]," he said Thursday on The Talk, just hours after Burke-Charvet revealed she will undergo a thyroidectomy. "We're all right there with her."
Bergeron was encouraging about his cohost's diagnosis. "You never want to hear the word 'cancer,' but thyroid cancer is one of the most treatable cancers. It has an incredibly high success rate."
Burke-Charvet married French singer and actor David Charvet in St. Barts in August 2011. The couple have two children, daughter Rain, 5, and son Shaya, 4. Burke has two children from her previous marriage to plastic surgeon Garth Fisher, daughters Neriah, 12, and Sierra, 10.
"Now I'm good and I'm ready to deal with it and I'm going to be fine," the mother of four said. "I feel really, really strong."
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