ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Food television star and live-in girlfriend of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Sandra Lee says she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The popular lifestyle personality divulged the news on ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview aired Tuesday.
The 48-year-old Lee says she found out she had cancer late last month in a phone call from her doctor just after she finished a photo shoot for People magazine. She says she didn’t cry but was “stunned” by the news.
Lee says she has had a lumpectomy and will undergo a double mastectomy this week.
In a statement released Tuesday, Cuomo says he expects to take some personal time to be with Lee as she handles the “trauma of her operation” and her recovery. His full statement read:
“A few weeks ago we received terrible news. Sandy shared with me that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was devastated. After the news what followed was a blizzard of doctors visits, tests and discussions of treatment options. Sandy is young for her diagnosis, she has no family history, she is healthy and had no symptoms or signals that she was in danger. She has been diligent about going for check-ups and thankfully this was detected in the early stages.
A situation like this quickly puts life in the proper perspective and reminds one of what’s truly important. To that end, I expect to take some personal time because I want to be with Sandy to support her in any way I can as she handles the trauma of her operation and the pain of the recovery.
For those of you familiar with Sandy’s life story it will not surprise you that she has met this latest challenge with determination, resolve and grace. She never ceases to amaze me. While she has kept her illness private until now, Sandy has bravely decided to speak openly about her illness in order to remind women of the potentially lifesaving power of early detection. I fully support her decision.
With heartfelt gratitude for your kind wishes and support, Sandy and I hope and pray to bring you good news of her strong recovery soon.”
She and Cuomo share a home in Westchester County.