NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — She’s well known for her books, TV cooking show and her romance with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Now Sandra Lee is also known for her courage.
The Food Network star and Cuomo’s longtime girlfriend has revealed she has breast cancer and will undergo a double mastectomy.
During a tearful interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that aired Tuesday, Lee told Robin Roberts, who is a breast cancer survivor, that she received the diagnosis on March 27 during a photo shoot for People magazine’s Most Beautiful issue.
“I walked off the set and 20 minutes later my doctor called and told me I have breast cancer,” Lee said. “I just was stunned, I didn’t even cry, I was stunned. You know, and that’s just how fast life turns, it turns on a dime.”
Lee said she initially had a lumpectomy, but it wasn’t enough. Her doctor described her as a “ticking time bomb” and recommended the double mastectomy. She is expected to undergo surgery this week.