ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s longtime girlfriend, Food Network star Sandra Lee, plans to head home soon following a hospitalization for complications from a recent double mastectomy.
In a message posted to her Facebook page, a representative for Lee says the 49-year-old “Semi-Homemade Cooking” star will be allowed to go home over the weekend but will be on “heavy antibiotics” as she continues to fight an infection.
“She has had an incredibly difficult road of it, and in light of everything going on, she had been able to maintain her positive attitude and can-do spirit,” the statement read.
Lee may face additional surgery next week after doctors review her progress, the representative said.
Cuomo has stayed close to Lee following her hospitalization. He left a Billy Joel concert at Nassau Coliseum early to be with Lee when he learned of her hospitalization. Cuomo, who is friends with Joel, introduced the musician at the concert.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 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 revealed during a tearful interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I just was stunned, I didn’t even cry, I was stunned. ”
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.
Lee wanted to go public with her diagnosis to help raise awareness about early detection.
“Without early detection on my side, I could be telling a very different story — or not be here to tell it at all,” Lee said in a statement posted on Twitter. “Your best weapon in fighting this disease is to get your mammogram every year.”
Lee is a cookbook author, magazine publisher and television chef. Lee and Cuomo share a home in Westchester County.
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