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August 5th, 2013
10:29 AM ET

Zoraida's Conversation with Her Kids about Breast Cancer

Telling your kids about being diagnosed with cancer is no easy task.

“Early Start” anchor Zoraida Sambolin was faced with that difficult task when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and underwent a double mastectomy in May.

Sambolin says, “The first thought I had when I was diagnosed with cancer was this, ‘How will I tell my kids?’” 

She has two children she had to break the news to: Nico, 14, and Sofia, 10.

“Once he knew, my son became one of 2.85 million U.S. children sharing their parents' fight against cancer,” Sambolin says.

He reached out to his friends Kyle and Miles for support, and was himself supportive of his mother the entire time.

“Nico's was the last familiar face I saw before surgery,” Sambolin says. “And the first when I came out.”

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  1. PinkMonkeys Unite

    Hello Zoraida...You look amazing. I am a 22 year African American bi-lateral breast cancer survivor in Los Angeles. At the time I was first diagnosed I was 23 years old, my children were about 5 and 11 months old...the hardest part of having been told I had cancer was not seeing my children grow up...so when the second bout hit at 34 years old...well I was devastated. It was the cancer...it was the "other" numerous issues that go along with it..how will the children take it...how will your mate take it...wiil he stay or is this "too much" for him/her...All that "other stuff" brings on "stress" and some "not so pretty in pink moments" I have called "monkeys"...so the fb page is dedicated as a place where Survivor can talk about the "monkeys" of survivorship...I would really love if you would accept this as a formal invitation to be an "Honorary Member" of our group...respecting your status as a public figure..the group began in May 2013 and is doing well...a website due very soon and the physical meeting to have its Grand Gathering in the month of October "Breast Cancer Awareness" month...it's a small group but Mighty in the Making...we donate and participate with Relay For Life/American Cancer Society and would appreciate any kind of support you are willing to share with us. We are excited for Your Journey and Hope for You the BEST of Everything with your Survivorship...Your Family and Your Career...Blessings PinkMonkeys Unite...We're In It To Win It...(((CYBERHUGS)))

    August 5, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Reply
  2. Jerry Dickson

    Welcome back, Zoraida! It is so good to see your smile and hear your voice. Glad you are back on the air. Best wishes! Jerry

    August 5, 2013 at 10:46 am | Reply

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