When Hoda Kotb Was Battling Breast Cancer, She Had A Chance Encounter That Changed Her Whole Perspective

Date June 8, 2018 14:58

Over the decades of her television career, The Today Show’s Hoda Kotb has heard countless inspiring stories of incredibly resilient people who took the hardest hits but managed to stand up and fight on. Actually, Hoda herself is one of these people. The host of one of the most popular morning talk shows in the U.S. is a breast cancer survivor.


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The whole experience made Hoda stronger and even brought a moment of clarity. Hoda’s loving and supportive family was by her side while she was going through the ordeal. And there were times when hope and encouragement came from unexpected people in unexpected places.

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In February 2007, Kotb was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, it hadn’t spread to her lymph nodes, so she didn’t have to undergo chemotherapy. Hoda’s treatment included mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. At the time of her diagnosis and treatment, Today’s host was also going through a divorce. Imaging having to go through that AND cancer treatment! But then, in March 2007, Hoda had an accidental encounter she will never forget.


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In March 2007, the woman went to Ireland for work. She was on the plane, flying from Ireland back to the United States, and she wasn’t feeling well, as she was just recovering from surgery. The guy sitting next to her started a conversation, saying he recognized her. He proceeded to ask a few question about Hoda’s colleagues and about a compression sleeve she had to wear on her flight after the surgery. NBC’s anchor wasn’t particularly willing to tell the stanger why she needed the sleeve, but the man was insistent, and she revealed it was breast cancer treatment.

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She said to him:

I had breast cancer. But, boy, I hope that’s not the first thing you think of when you get off this flight, telling your kids, ‘Hey, I sat next to this girl with breast cancer’.

What the man said in response was totally unexpected:

What’s wrong with that? Breast cancer is part of you, like going to college or getting married.


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Hoda couldn’t hold back tears. The stranger went on:

Let me give you some advice: Don’t hog your journey. It’s not just for you. Think of how many people you could help.

Hoda got very emotional and told him:

I can’t believe I’m crying in front of you. I don’t even know you.

To which the man replied:

Look, you have a choice in life. You can either put your stuff deep in your pockets and take it to your grave, or you can help someone.

That’s when Hoda Kotb knew she shouldn’t try to hide her struggle. She realized her story could help many women who are going through the same. Now, she is an activist and works to spread awareness about this horrible disease that couldn’t break her.

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