Brooke Burke-Charvet Reveals Thyroid Cancer Surgery Scar
01/09/2013 AT 07:25 AM EST
Managing to stay smiling, the typically upbeat Dancing with the Stars co-host, 41, told Good Morning America her initial diagnosis was "shocking," adding, "I never thought I'd hear the word 'cancer' in relation to myself. The [thought] in my mind when I [heard the news] is that I'm a mother, I've got four children, I've got a family counting on me."
Burke-Charvet's brood was very supportive of her health condition, but it was especially tough for her older daughter.
"It was in the news, and her friends had to come to her and say, 'Oh, we heard about your mom. We're so sorry,' " Burke-Charvet said. "She cried."
Now healthier, the TV personality has a permanent reminder of that tough time in her life.
"[There's] no makeup [on my scar]," she said, revealing her bare neck. "This is a first for me. I've been scarfing it up."
But a little scarring is now the least of her concerns.
"It's fresh, it's a month old and I think scars tell a story," she said. "And I think I'm so fortunate."