Her only focus was on raising her children as a youthful widow. After 12 years of staying single, Katie finally gave love another chance.
She told PEOPLE magazine how she reached out to her friend Molly for help in the matter. Molly introduced her to a banker named John Molner, and the rest was history. They kind of zinged quite readily as in love at first sight.
Narrating her tragedy
More than 20 years ago, her husband, Jay Monahan, passed away at the age of 41 due to colon cancer. They were a young couple with a healthy and happy family of four.
The journalist is opening up about her experience to raise awareness and encourage people for regular screenings.
As her show's segment, Couric recalled how Jay's cancer diagnosis came as a shock. The doctors discovered a tumor as big as an orange, causing rectal blocking.
With a break in her voice, she remembered how she hoped it would be manageable rather than just incurable. Her little daughters used to ask her if their daddy would survive, and she never had a hopeful answer.
Colon cancer is the second leading cancer killer in men and women combined, but it's also so preventable. @katiecouric lost her husband to the dreadful disease and for more than 20 years since, she's used her voice to bring awareness to getting screened. pic.twitter.com/W5FLZDsewY— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 18, 2019
People supported her
The social media users channeled her struggles and told their own stories. They agreed that this dreadful disease can be treated if only caught early on.
Thank you @katiecouric for sharing your story to help spark a change!! My husband was diagnosed at age 48. How do we get insurance companies to change the screening age? Such a curable disease...if caught earlier!— Tonia Cunningham (@cunninghamfirst) March 18, 2019
😞😭🙏🏻— Suzanne Johnson (@SuzanneTwo) March 18, 2019
Katie has shown bravery to talk about it, as it is not easy to exhume a past trauma.
Share this and spread her message for a positive change in healthcare.