Canadian meteorologist gets real about breast cancer in candid interview

Canadian meteorologist Nicole Karkic spoke with Yahoo Canada about her breast cancer diagnosis. (Photo via Instagram/nicolekarkic)

Nicole Karkic is opening up about her breast cancer diagnosis.

talking with Yahoo Canadathe Weather Network meteorologist revealed that while he is hopeful of beating the disease, his journey so far has not been easy.

“I was told I had cancer at the end of July. It was pretty heavy… I knew something was wrong because they were going to do a biopsy and they wanted me to see them in person… I wanted to cry but I was trying to hear the information,” he explained. “When I told my husband he was more upset than I was because I think he was in shock. But I wanted to make sure he was okay.”

“I continue to trust what the doctor says. He explained that this is not a death sentence.”Nicole Karkic

Karkic recently shared that she tested positive for the BRCA2 gene, which increases her risk of ovarian and breast cancer. As such, the TV personality underwent a series of tests that led doctors to find cancer in her left breast.

“The word cancer is so loaded. So when I was told I have breast cancer, it was so surreal,” she wrote in a heartfelt Instagram post informing followers of her diagnosis.

In the post, Karkic also shared a chart explaining that women who are BRCA2 positive have a 40 to 55 percent higher chance of getting breast cancer and a 15 to 25 percent higher risk of colon cancer. ovary

However, she revealed that as it is early stage cancer, she is “extremely lucky” and has a good chance of beating the disease.

“The doctors have been positive. This is early stage cancer, it’s very small and it’s being detected early. Also, I was quickly scheduled for surgery… a mastectomy and reconstruction,” she added.

“I continue to trust what the doctor says. He explained that this is not a death sentence. This is treatable and you will save your surgery date and live your life,” Karkic further explained. interview.

Until the surgery is done, Karkic won’t know what his treatment plan will be, but explained that it will likely involve “hormone therapy.”

“I’m very lucky that they’re not talking about chemotherapy. I’ll most likely have to do hormone therapy. But they probably won’t know what to do because they’re going to biopsy my lymph nodes to see if they’re spreading, which they don’t think I have at this point,” he said. “After the biopsy and the pathology report they will present me with my protocol. The cancer has very good characteristics because we are detecting it very early, which is impressive. They don’t even feel it, it is so small.”

“Here’s my even bigger message, a reminder for women to have a regular breast screen.”Nicole Karkic

On Instagram, Karkic explained why he decided to share his story with the world.

“Naturally, the state of my health makes me think of pink, a color that symbolizes breast cancer awareness. So here I am, with why I even decided to share that I was BRCA2 positive in the first place site. It was to spread more information about genetic testing, and now here’s my even bigger message, a reminder to get women screened regularly,” she said.

Nicole Karkic encourages all women to do just that

Nicole Karkic encourages all women to “get tested” and “get tested.” (Photo via Instagram/nicolekarkic)

In the interview, Karkic explained why she went public with her diagnosis and gave women some “important advice.”

“I’m a public figure, so I wanted to tell people who watch me on TV where I am and why I’m not there. I wanted to be honest,” she explained. “And I have some important advice for women, especially in their 40s: Ask your doctor to get tested or get checked. A lot of women don’t stay on top of their health! But honestly, if that wasn’t flagged. for me, my cancer would be a more aggressive form because I would have waited until I felt something, and that’s terrifying.”

“Early testing is so important. Get tested for peace of mind, get your pap smear, mammograms.”Nicole Karkic

Despite the stress and uncertainty associated with her diagnosis, the meteorologist has found a good solution.

“Everyone is so supportive, I can’t even keep up with the positive comments. It’s been so nice to feel so supported, it’s a nice distraction from what’s going on,” she said with a sigh of relief. “I don’t feel like I’m in control yet, but there are so many examples of women with breast cancer who beat it, which is inspiring. It makes me feel a little more confident and hopeful that I can beat it too. .”

“Early testing is very important. Get tested for peace of mind, get pap smears, mammograms,” Karkic concluded.

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