Sandra Lee, 48, popular TV host and long-time girlfriend of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, is battling breast cancer. She will undergo a double mastectomy this week.
An emotional Lee announced the news during an interview on “Good Morning America.” She said that she came to know about the cancer during a photoshoot in March.
“I didn’t even cry: I was stunned,” Lee said told Robin Roberts, who has also fought cancer and a rare blood disorder. “And that’s just how fast life turns. It turns on a dime,” she added.
Mr. Cuomo described it as a “terrible news.”
“I was devastated,” the governor said, adding that Ms. Lee is young to get diagnosed with the disease and that her family has no history of cancer. “Thankfully this was detected in the early stages.”
Sandra Lee told Roberts that she already got her breast lump removed. Now, she is gearing up for a double mastectomy.
“Both the radiologist and the doctor said, ‘You’re a ticking time bomb,’” she said.
Ms. Lee said Cuomo has been extremely supportive as he would “take some personal time” to assist with the recovery.
“I want to be with Sandy to support her in any way I can,” he said.
“A situation like this quickly puts life in the proper perspective and reminds one of what’s truly important,” Cuomo said Tuesday in a statement. “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.”