Erin Andrews opens up about how she dealt with her emotional well-being during her journey with cervical cancer in 2016, sharing that she could have responded to it in a healthier way.
“Actually, I probably didn’t handle it in the best way possible,” broadcaster Fox Sports said in an interview for Selena Gomez’s newsletter. Wondermind when thinking about the diagnosis. “Only a very small group of people knew about it. And I didn’t even tell my colleagues, who really are like family to me.”
Before going public with the news of her health journey in January 2017, Andrews remained tight-lipped about what she was going through. And rather than allowing herself to heal from the emotional and physical toll of the resulting doctor visits and surgeries, she relied heavily on the few people who knew about the situation to be strong for her as she tried to go on with her life. his life as usual.
“When it all happened, I got into a mindset where I was in the third week of the football season, [and because Fox was covering] the Super Bowl that year, I didn’t want to deal with it mentally at all. Because, for me, playing football — and I was also hosting Dancing with the stars back then – was way too important to me,” she explained. “I was so obsessed with not missing a game, not showing any weakness there and not missing any Dancing with the stars. So I kind of forced my family and friends to take care of it, even though I was the one who had the operations. »
In one piece for Sports Illustrated who documented her experience with the diagnosis and the surgeries that ultimately led to her being cured of cancer, Andrews recalled stressing the importance of being able to show up to do her job as she was driven through his first operating room. “I don’t watch any football matches at home. It’s [Fox’s] the year of the Super Bowl, and I do not miss the Super Bowl”, she said at the time. And five days after this operation, she worked on the sidelines of a Packers-Cowboys game at Lambeau Field.
Ultimately, the weakness she feared people would see once she revealed the truth about her situation became a clear sign of Andrews’ strength. She even had the opportunity to help others become aware of their cervical health.
“I knew when we told this story [of my diagnosis], it was going to explode, and then the morning it came out, it was on every morning show. When they reported [on the] morning shows, they attached the numbers and statistics of how many women are suffering from cervical cancer and why it is so important to get checked out. I’m proud to talk about it, even though it’s your reproductive system, it’s your vagina. Who wants to talk about this publicly?” she shared with Wondermind. “I work in a field where there are a ton of men, and many would come up to me just to thank me because they had gone to tell their mothers, their aunts, their sisters, their wives, their cousins to go. get tested.”
Even after that experience, Andrews admitted she was hard on herself when it came to balancing her professional and personal endeavors. She also struggles to prioritize her mental health or find ways to ease her anxiety.
“I tend to build up when I start thinking about something that worries me,” she said. “I’m not someone who sits there and goes, ‘You know what? What’s going to happen is what’s going to happen. We’re going to deal with it.’ I tend to absolutely beat it to death [laughs]. This goes for many things in my life. So I try to work really hard to breathe in the positivity and let out the negativity.”
And while learning “not to repress my emotions” is a goal for the 44-year-old, she chooses to tap into the things she knows will make her happy.
“I’m trying to work on my breathing. It’s something I started last year. I’m going to turn on a meditation app and try to relax that way. [And] if not the middle of the night how i try to work on my sanity every day [is] exercising,” she said. “It helps my mental health so much. I mean, my husband always says you can tell when I trained because my mood just improved. It’s like the Revenge of a Blonde comment happy people.”
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