co-anchor Hoda Kotb discusses her journey with breast cancer and her decision to make her story public.
By Diana Price When I pick up the phone to speak with NBC Today Show co…anchor Hoda Kotb, her greeting is full of energy and warmth that transcends the phone lines. speaks to exactly who she is today: a veteran reporter, accustomed to asking the questions, certainly, but also a woman who is passionate about living life fully and appreciating the connections she makes.
I'm an optimist, so I think everything can be worked out and fixed," she shared.
"But from having cancer I learned that even if you're even an optimist, sometimes you just have to face the facts that certain things are broken. Optimism works in 90 percent of my life, but there is a window where you have to accept that certain things are not fixable and no matter how hard you try, and want it to work—sometimes you just have to cut your losses."With every loss, however, is a gain.
I opted not to do chemo because it wasn’t in my lymph nodes.” In the end Hoda’s treatment plan would include a mastectomy and immediate TRAM…flap reconstruction; she also made the decision to follow her surgery with five years of tamoxifen (Nolvadex®).
It was at this point, Hoda says, with the treatment decision made and her surgery planned…
when many people expected her to dive into research and continue to read up on her diagnosis… “I checked out,” she says of her lack of interest in the research and the investigation that many assumed would be a reporter’s instinct when facing a health crisis. I was also going through marital issues then, and I think when you have two big things going on in tandem, you don’t really have the energy to focus on one completely or the other completely, so you don’t really focus on either of them too much.
It’s self…preservation; it’s all your body can take, or your mind can take in. You learn how to preserve yourself.” So with her focus firmly on the future, and comfortable with her treatment choice, Hoda underwent surgery.
“They said it was going to feel like you’ve been hit by a Mack truck.In February 2007 she was diagnosed with breast cancer after her gynecologist discovered lumps in her breast during a routine exam.Though she hosts a syndicated show for NBC called Your Total Health, at 43 Hoda had not yet had a mammogram.show fourth hour co-anchor, it feels extra sweet that she now has a baby girl, Haley Joy Kotb, to call her own.Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda, 52, help wake America up every morning, giving viewers some extra joy before they head out to work or prepare for their days.Kathie Lee joined Hoda on the fourth hour in 2008, and it's been a match made in TV heaven ever since.They've transitioned from co-anchors to friends to basically sisters, and have seen each other through the best and worst of times.She kept his identity a secret for a long time but once they were "outed" by paparazzi photos she came clean on her morning show. I was afraid to tell my own mother that I was moving in with my boyfriend. of finding true love with Joel, Hoda revealed on her Sirius XM radio show in October 2016 that they were moving in together."Joel and I are getting an apartment together, so we went to see it with the measuring tape," Hoda shared on "It's a little weird to be in your 50s and we're like 'Hey, we're moving in! Among the stories she has reported have been segments from Iraq and Afghanistan, coverage of the 2004 tsunami, and very personal reporting related to Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath in New Orleans, where she lived for six years.Hoda’s work has garnered numerous awards for the four…time Emmy nominee, including the 2008 Alfred I.