“I felt sick and the room started to spin,” Couric recalled of how she felt when she received the news from Dr. Susan Drossman.
After hearing the unsettling diagnosis, the 65-year-old sought out specialized care from Dr. Lisa Newman, who informed Couric her “tumor is hormone receptor-positive, Her2neu-negative and highly treatable, particularly if it was detected early.”
During her visit at the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, the renowned journalist and her doctor, "decided [she] would have 'breast conservation' surgery, aka a lumpectomy," which would then be "followed by radiation and medication — specifically, something called an “aromatase inhibitor” [she would] need to take for five years."
The mother-of-two also opened up about how she delivered the news to her children, Ellie, 31, Carrie Monohan, 26, via two individually difficult FaceTime calls.
“I tried to be as reassuring as Dr. Newman. Their faces froze in disbelief. Then shock. Then they began to cry,” Couric revealed. “‘Don’t worry,’ I told Carrie then Ellie, ‘I’m going to be fine,’ trying to convince myself as well as them."
"They’d already lost one parent. The idea of losing another was unfathomable," continued Couric, regarding her late husband, Jay Monohan, who died from colon cancer at the age of 42.
The "Going There" author also explained how her now-husband, John Molner, even had a coconut-sized tumor removed from his liver just months before they were married.
Due to her loved ones' past battles with cancer, Couric revealed, "My reaction went from 'Why me?' to 'Why not me?'"
Wrapping up her essay, the former television host described what her day-to-day life has looked like over the last couple of months while she endured chemotherapy radiation.
"My left breast does look like I’ve been sunbathing topless, but other than that, I’ve felt fine," Couric comically revealed, explaining she underwent her final round of treatment on Tuesday, September 27.
The media personality wrapped up her message with a heartfelt statement encouraging all women to stay up to date with their annual checkups.
"Please get your annual mammogram. I was 6 months late this time," Couric pleaded. "I shudder to think what might have happened if I had put it off longer. But just as importantly, please find out if you need additional screening."