Katie Couric Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis: 'I felt sick and the room started to spin'

Katie Couric shared an essay detailing her breast cancer diagnoses and treatment so far urges readers to get their annual mammograms.

“Every two minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States,” Couric, 65, wrote on Instagram.


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Katie’s physician discovered a mass that after a biopsy was confirmed to be a tumor. Couric received her diagnosis via phone during her first day back “in a very long time” at the Katie Couric Media office.

“I felt sick and the room started to spin,” she said.

“I walked to a corner and spoke quietly, my mouth unable to keep up with the questions swirling in my head. What does this mean? Will I need a mastectomy? Will I need chemo? What will the next weeks, months, even years look like?”

The former talk-show host also recalled breaking the news to her daughters, who “began to cry” as Couric “tried to be … reassuring.” Their father, attorney Jay Monahan, died of colon cancer in 1998.

“They’d already lost one parent,” Couric wrote. “The idea of losing another was unfathomable.”

“Throughout the process, I kept thinking about two things: how lucky I was to have access to such incredible care, since so many people don’t, and how lucky I was to be the beneficiary of such amazing technology,” Couric said.

“It made me feel grateful and guilty — and angry that there’s a de facto caste system when it comes to healthcare in America.”

“The initial experience was a shock, a shock to my womanhood,” she told People.

“I didn’t believe them, but when they showed me the CT scan, I went, ‘Oh my word.’ The first questions were, ‘Am I going to live?’ I just fell into my husband’s arms. It still takes my breath away when I think about it.”