If you have ever watched a football game on Fox 5 then you have seen sideline reporter Erin Andrews. You might also know her from her televised trial against an accused stalker.
This time you will know her for a whole different reason: being determined and strong. Andrews was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer and kept on reporting.
According to Sports Illustrated, “Last June, before the 2016 NFL season started, Andrews’s doctor informed her he was going to run some tests following a routine check-up. By late September, he called to tell her she had cervical cancer and would need to undergo surgery.”
Getting news like that would make people rethink life, but with Erin Andrews she knew she couldn’t let this stop her.
According to CNBC, Andrews underwent surgery for the cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Oct. 11 and was back on the sidelines five days later.”
The 38-year-old said that her doctor didn’t recommend that she return to work so soon but that “sports were my escape,” reported CNBC.
Everyone was happy for her, glad that she made it out of this situation healthy, but many were confused on how and why she was back at work days after her surgery.
“After learning of the diagnosis, she proceeded to cover that Sunday’s Redskins-Giants game without telling her colleagues the news. Andrews then flew home to Los Angeles, underwent the necessary procedure on Tuesday, Oct. 11, and flew to Green Bay two days later for her next assignment. Five days after surgery she was back on the sidelines for the Packers’ matchup with the Cowboys”, according to Sports Illustrated.
Andrews explained to Extra that “Should I have been standing for a full game five days after surgery? Let’s just say the doctor didn’t recommend that. But just as I felt during my trial, sports were my escape. I needed to be with my crew.”
According to Sport Illustrated, Andrews stated, ““I’m not watching any football games at home. This is our Super Bowl year, and I’m not missing the Super Bowl.”
In response to that her fiance Jarret Stoll former ice hockey player, stated, “Let’s not worry about that right now,” said [her then boyfriend now fiancé Jarret] Stoll. “Let’s just get you better.”
He was there by her side through all of this. They both are very thankful that her cancer was caught early.
Andrews “emphasized the importance of early cancer detection while taking part in the On the Line initiative. At the time, she opened up about her dad’s prostate cancer diagnosis,” according to Extra.
Even with this minor set back she didn’t let it stop her from doing what she loves broadcasting live at games.