Erin Andrews had a very trying last year for many reasons.
Less than a year after finishing her highly publicized peeping tom lawsuit with a $55 million award, the Dancing With the Stars host had another battle to conquer.
Andrews learned she had cervical cancer, but decided to keep the news of her diagnosis out of the public eye.
"Working with a bunch of men, I didn't wanna be like, ‘Sooo, they think I have cervical cancer," and they'd be like, ‘Where's your cervix?'" she told Health. "But I'd also come off this huge trial that was kind of the focus of the summer, and I don't want to be the girl that always has the problems at the table—‘And now I have cancer!' I also think that I didn't want to believe it was that big a deal, so we kept it quiet. But the wait was horrible."
One of the challenges of hiding her cancer was attempting to schedule surgeries in secret between her high-profile gigs.
"I did my first surgery on a Tuesday because I had Dancing on Monday, and I was doing a sit-down interview on Friday in Green Bay, so I had to take a red-eye on Thursday. And literally an hour before I needed to be in the car, we got the call from my doctor that the margins were not clear and she was recommending a hysterectomy," Andrews remembered.
She was not content with that recommendation and sought the opinion of an oncologist and underwent another surgery. "They had to cut more of my cervix out, and then I went to New York that weekend, and I did the game," Andrews said. "At Dancing With the Stars that Monday, I was in my dressing room when the phone rang and [the doctor] said, ‘You're good. We got it.' I was like, ‘Oh my God,' crying—while trying on a ballroom dress."
The sportscaster and her fiancé Jarrett Stoll had not spoken too much about a potential marriage or children at the time of the diagnosis, which made conversations a little tricky.
"If anything, it was a huge step for my relationship with my boyfriend at the time. Because you don't know if a guy is going to want to sit in with an oncologist and see, ‘OK, so this is your cervix, and this is your uterus, and we are cutting out this part…' We hadn't even been discussing marriage. We hadn't discussed babies!" she told the magazine.
"It really puts things on the fast track for you—because you have an oncologist saying to you, ‘We highly recommend that you guys do your embryos right now, freeze them.' I'm like, ‘Hi, hon. I love you. I hope we're spending our lives together.' And he was amazing.
Now that their wedding is right around the corner and her embryos are frozen, Andrews hopes to start a family soon while also keeping her post on the sidelines.
"For me, it's having the career, having the family, and having the happiness," she told the magazine.
"I want to continue doing more, but it's going to be shaped toward how I want to have this family and I do want to have kids. I think it's possible that I'll be able to have a kid and be able to do this for a living. We're just gonna have to figure out how."
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