The TODAY show anchor underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2007. Writing about the experience later, she said it gave her the strength to tackle other challenges. "A funny thing happened as my body started to heal -- my mind did as well," she wrote in 2008. "The world just suddenly snapped into focus. Everything that was important became totally clear...My life after cancer is more courageous and more honest and fuller than my life before."