(CTN News) – In a joint announcement on Thursday, Michael Strahan and his daughter Isabella, 19, announced that Isabella had been diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Michael Strahan and Isabella Strahan told Robin Roberts that Isabella’s diagnosis came late October, and she has since been treated with emergency surgery and radiation.
Keeping this secret for two months has been hard, Isabella Michael Strahan said. Keeping it a secret is hard, so I’m not going to do it anymore.”
Symptoms began to manifest for Isabella Michael Strahan as a freshman. Initially, she thought she had vertigo because of headaches and nausea around Oct. 1. After that, she vomited blood on Oct. 25.
During an MRI of her brain, doctors discovered a 4-centimeter tumor the size of a golf ball. During her diagnosis, she was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer that usually affects children 5 to 9 years old.
A combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy can cure medulloblastoma in 75% of children.
A month afterIsabella Michael Strahan underwent rehabilitation. On “Good Morning America,” she said she just finished proton therapy, a type of radiation in which proton beams are used instead of X-rays to destroy cancer cells.
In the fall, Michael Strahan was absent from “Good Morning America” for nearly three weeks, citing “personal family matters.” He returned to his role as a Fox NFL Sunday analyst in mid-November.
A new perspective has opened up for him since his daughter’s diagnosis, he said on Thursday.
“Realizing you’re not as strong as you thought makes you realize how weak you really are,” he told “Good Morning America.”
I needed everyone’s support.” People think I’m the tough guy. My son. That has nothing to do with it. Regardless.”
He will receive chemotherapy in February at Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center. After that is completed, she plans to return home and re-enroll in college. To document her cancer journey, she also launched a YouTube channel.
In the first episode, she said, “I just hope that anyone watching this knows that there is hope at the end of the tunnel.” Improving requires more effort.