Brooke Burke-Charvet Recalls Telling Her Four Children She Has Thyroid Cancer

"I'M NOT AFRAID ANYMORE"
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In a new blog post for Modern Mom, Dancing With the Stars co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet writes about the struggle she had with telling her four children she has thyroid cancer.

"I decided not to tell my children about my diagnosis for as long as I possibly could because I didn't want them to worry," she wrote of her four children, daughters Neriah, 12, Sierra, 10, and Rain, 5, and son Shaya, 4.

Eventually, though, she had to break the news, to which each child reacted differently.

"My son is four, and I doubt he totally understands. His response was, 'Is Daddy going to get it too?'' She wrote. "And of course I explained that wasn't going to happen and Mommy was going to be just fine. He laid in bed last night with David, kinda sad and said, 'I don't want Mommy to dieā€¦..'. That's the stuff that breaks my heart and scares me. We both held him and told him that I wasn't going to leave him ever."

Despite the personal heartbreak, Burke-Charvet says her cancer scare is already teaching her new things about herself.

"What I'm learning how to do now is say yes more than I say no ..." she writes. "Now I find myself truly in a place of need and a little bit out of control knowing that I have to put my condition in someone else's hand, and that I'm actually going to have to step down and let other people step up. Knowing that I have such a supportive village around me is really comforting - more than I ever would have imagined."

"I'm not afraid anymore," she continues. "I think I've been dealing with it so much the past couple months that now I'm ready to just get it done and put this behind me. My only need is being ok for my husband and my children so they don't have to go through any pain and making this as easy as possible for them."

Burke-Charvet, 41, announced she's battling thyroid cancer in November.

On Thursday, she tweeted her first reaction since having surgery, saying, "Thank God it's over. I'm clean, surgery went well & I can talk. Losing My voice was my biggest fear. Thx for all your prayers & light."

"I'm resting, recovering. Surgery went well. Dr Adashek is a genius. Thx Dr! Feels like I got hit my [sic] a car :("

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