Hannah Brown is opening up about receiving a cancer diagnosis when she was 11.
The 27-year-old Bachelorette alum details the experience in her new memoir God Bless This Mess.
In the book, she writes that when trying to find a reason for her regular stomachaches in fifth grade, she went in for an MRI that revealed a “tumor the size of an egg” on her pancreas.
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“They sent me for a biopsy, and a day or so later, my dad got a call with the results — not from our regular doctor, but from an oncologist. The tumor was malignant. Cancer. Pancreatic cancer — one of the deadliest forms of cancer there is,” she said.
Luckily, the oncologist explained that the cancer had not spread to other parts of her body, offering Hannah some peace of mind.
“On the day of my surgery, I wasn’t scared about what was going to happen to me. At all,” she recalled. “Even though my mother was in tears and my dad looked as worried as I’d ever seen him in my life as the nurses came to wheel me into the operating room, I looked up at my mom from my hospital bed and said, ‘Mama, I’m going to be okay.’”
The only fear she had at the time was that she would lose her hair.
“There was a chance we’d have to go through radiation and chemotherapy, they said, depending on what the surgeon found once they got me into the operating room,” she said. “But miraculously, I didn’t need either one.”
The operation left no cancerous cells and Hannah said, “I had to go to checkups a few times a year or so after that, but nothing else ever turned up in my scans or in my bloodwork.”