Brooke Burke-Charvet would like the world to know that she's cancer-free and feeling better than ever.
"It's crazy that not long ago I had cancer and now I'm cancer-free, and that might not be the case if I hadn't gone for a checkup," Burke-Charvet, 42, told Shape magazine. "Now I feel like I'm beginning the best part of my life."
The former "Dancing with the Star" host publicly announced her battle with thyroid cancer in July of 2012 after undergoing a routine examination. In November, she announced she would be having surgery to remove a cancerous growth.
"I've booked my surgery," she said in a video to fans. "It's taken me a couple of months to really wrap my head around this. … Now I'm good. I'm ready to deal with it, and I'm going to be fine. I feel really, really strong. Doctors say this is a 'good' kind of cancer to have. … My doctor did tell me this is a happily ever after ending kind of thing."
Nearly two years later, Brooke says she's doing great and recommends regular checkups for anyone concerned about their health.
The condition wasn't even diagnosed by a thyroid doctor but during a regular checkup," she said of her cancer. "They found a questionable lump. Then I got an ultra-sound and biopsies, and sure enough, it was cancer. But the prognosis was great."
Ever the fitness junkie, Brooke says she hit the gym as soon as her surgery ended.
"I started working out the day I was allowed to. That's just me. I feel better after my workout for a million reasons."
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