(LOS ANGELES) — Life seems to be getting back to normal for Brooke Burke-Charvet after the Dancing With the Stars co-host underwent a thyroidectomy to remove a cancerous nodule on her thyroid last Wednesday.
She tweeted Tuesday, “morning, making coffee, making lunches. [life] is getting back to normal. Day 7 post-surgery. I’m still sore but getting there. ;).”
Just nine days after the DWTS finale, 41-year-old Burke-Charvet had the surgery, tweeting a pre-op photo from her hospital bed, saying, “Last looks at my neck. Here we go.”
Burke-Charvet has been open with her Twitter followers about her post-surgery progress.
“I’m resting, recovering. Surgery went well,” adding, “Feels like I got hit [by] a car :(.” And on Dec. 7, she tweeted a new photo of her neck with the caption, “Day 3. Healing. :).”
“Her wound will continue to look better and better, and most likely it will be imperceptible a year from now,” said Director of Osborne Head and Neck Institute Dr. Ryan Osborne.
The mother of four is going to bed at the same time as her 12, 10 and 5, and 4-year-old children, saying, “Just put my babies to bed & I’m right behind them.”
Burke-Charvet only revealed her cancer diagnosis six weeks ago in a YouTube video, and even documented her fears about sharing the news with her children on her blog, writing about her 4-year-old son’s reaction: “He laid in bed and said ‘I don’t want mommy to die…’ That’s the stuff that breaks my heart.” But also confides, “I’m not afraid anymore. I’m ready to put this behind me.”
Less than a week after surgery, Burke-Charvet appears to be in good spirits, thanking her Twitter followers online for all their support, even members of her DWTS family like Cheryl Burke, who tweeted “Love u @brookeburke! My thoughts and prayers are with u and ur family.”
More than 56,000 people are diagnosed with thyroid cancer each year in the U.S., according to the National Cancer Institute. But fewer than 1,800 Americans die from the disease annually.
The most common treatment for thyroid cancer is surgery to remove the gland. But radiation therapy, in the form of x-ray beams or radioactive iodine pills absorbed by the thyroid, may also be used, according to the NIH.
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Elizabeth Cohen, CNN Senior Medical Correspondent
Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com