Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews had a difficult year in 2016.
Just months after winning a challenging lawsuit against Michael Barrett, a stalker who leaked a nude video of the reporter in 2009, she received devastating news about her health.
According to earlier reports, the “Dancing with the Stars” co-host learned in September 2016 that she had been diagnosed with cervical cancer.
At the time, Andrews kept her diagnosis under wraps from the public and quietly underwent her first surgery to remove the cancer in October. Luckily, she had her fiancé, former hockey player Jarrett Stoll, and her family for support.
Her father told Sports Illustrated’s MMQB that he was heartbroken by the cancer diagnosis:
“When you hear the word cancer, you fear the worst. When it’s your child, you think to yourself, you think to God: Take me, not her. She has been through enough. She is just getting her life back.”
Andrews underwent a second surgery on November 1 and was declared cancer-free just two weeks later, according to earlier reports.
It was a difficult time for Andrews, but she has since revealed that something positive came out of the devastating cancer battle.
The 39-year-old told Health magazine that the experience brought her closer to her then-boyfriend, Stoll, whom she got engaged to in December. Andrews said:
“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 …’”
The couple hadn’t even begun to discuss marriage or children at the time, but Andrews said that her diagnosis sped things up. She told Health:
“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.”
Andrews said that the two have now frozen embryos through IVF, she told Health:
“If we need ’em, we need ’em; and if we don’t, we don’t. We just wanna be smart.”
But the sports reporter said that she’s looking forward to starting a family, even with a busy career. Andrews said:
“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.”
For now, Andrews is concentrating on staying healthy while planning her dream wedding. The sports reporter said that they’re “really going for it” with the ceremony.
Though she’s keeping the wedding date private, it’s sure to be the start of a happy and healthy marriage for the couple who have already gone through so much together.