Television personality Samantha Harris has breast cancer.
Harris is best known to TV audiences for appearing alongside Tom Bergeron, as the original co-host of Dancing with the Stars, from 2006 to 2010. She was later featured as a correspondent with Entertainment Tonight.
Now, the mother of two is the one in the headlines.
Harris fought back tears as she revealed her cancer diagnosis on Wednesday’s Good Morning America.
“It’s scary and you worry. …My daughters are three and six, you know. All they’re concerned about is to have mommy active, be able to hold them, hug them, kiss them. I want to still do and from what the doctors say, I will still be able to do, but no matter how positive of a diagnosis as I have, it doesn’t keep the demons of fear from taking over your mind and your thought process.”
Harris, 40, detected a lump in her right breast during a routine self exam last fall. She saw a breast cancer specialist, who delivered the devastating news. After seeking opinions from two different specialists, Harris opted to undergo a double mastectomy, scheduled for later this month.
“I was sick of feeling the way that I did in the days after the diagnosis. knew I needed to take control.”
Harris says she “feels so much calmer” after making the mastectomy decision and is trying to remain positive.
“I will be here to plan my daughter’s weddings and they better like the dress I pick.”
Harris has been helping to raise awareness about cancer long before her own battle with the disease. She supports cancer research and volunteers for charity events, such as Feeding America, the Revlon Run/Walk and What A Pair.