Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin is cancer-free and thankful after treatment
Jennifer Griffin turns 41 on Tuesday, and you won't hear any "over-the-hill" jokes from her. "Forty looks mighty good and mighty young and mighty awesome after what we have been through," she told us.
In September, eight months after giving birth to her third child, the Fox News Pentagon correspondent was given a diagnosis of triple-negative breast cancer, an aggressive and deadly form of the disease that hits younger women. Last week, after months of chemo and a double mastectomy, she got the all-clear from her oncologist.
The good news was almost as shocking for her and husband Greg Myre as her sudden diagnosis: "I think we are still in shock from both, frankly."
Griffin chronicled her journey on a blog that she started to stay in touch with a few close girlfriends; it exploded in readership after she went on NBC's "Today" show in February to talk about the disease. The blog soon became a hub for women with triple-negative. "It helped me get outside of myself and in the process," she said. "If it could help other women, then that is what motivated me to keep going."
Military pals lent support, notably with a combat "woobie" -- a Marine camouflage sleeping bag, the kind guards drape over their shoulders while on duty on a cold night. "Every time I think that I am in a little pain from the double mastectomy, I think of them and put on my running shoes. Greg says I'll be doing one-arm push-ups before anyone knows it."
Next: radiation treatments, a few more surgeries to reconstruct her breasts, a summer hugging her kids.Then she plans to head back to work, covering national security for Fox. "I can't wait to start traveling again and jumping out of Black Hawks and flying high on adrenaline, because I have been given a second chance," she said. She'll also become an ambassador for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at its first race in Israel this fall.
Was she joking when she told us she wants to take her new breasts over to a "Dancing With the Stars" tryout? "It would be a shame to waste all this plastic surgery!" she said.
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April 19, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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