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The 38-year-old said in a lengthy interview titled “The Pain You Can’t See” that she received the diagnosis of cancer in her cervix a few months after her victory in the civil trial over a stalker in an invasion of privacy case.
In October, she underwent surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; she told her oncologist, “I’m not watching any football games at home. This is [Fox’s] Super Bowl year, and I’m not missing the Super Bowl,” according to MMQB.
Andrews, who is engaged to former NHL veteran Jarret Stoll, was back at work two days afterward, covering a Green Bay game.
“Should I have been standing for a full game five days after surgery? Let’s just say the doctor didn’t recommend that,” Andrews told MMQB. “But just as I felt during my trial, sports were my escape. I needed to be with my crew.”
She had a second procedure done the following month. “On Nov. 17 the doctor called her: The margins were clear. There would be no need for radiation or chemotherapy,” according to MMQB.
Andrews said she didn’t want to be viewed any differently by her NFL colleagues — including players and coaches — because of the diagnosis.
“Throughout my career, all I’ve ever wanted is to just fit in,” Andrews told MMQB. “That I had this extra baggage with the scandal, I didn’t want to be any different. I felt that way about being sick too. I don’t want players or coaches to look at me differently.”
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