Wendy Chioji discusses second cancer diagnosis

Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:37:35 AM EST
Updated On: Sep 18 2013 06:24:36 PM EDT

Co-host of Local 6's Surviving and Thriving Wendy Chioji talks about her recent cancer diagnosis.

ORLANDO, Fla. -

Former Orlando TV personality Wendy Chioji, who currently hosts "Surviving and Thriving" on Local 6 announced that she has been diagnosed with a new and rare kind of cancer.

Chioji underwent surgery in Orlando on Tuesday to remove the mass and is now facing five weeks of radiation.

Following her surgery, Chioji sat down with our partners at Growing Bolder to discuss her latest diagnosis- Thymic Carcinoma- a rare, fast-growing cancer of the Thymus gland, which sits directly  behind the breast bone.

"You can't let it take over in your life, you can't," Chioji said. "And I thought, how can this happen to me again, it was totally unrelated to the breast cancer. She said once you have had, whatever it is triggering, you are more likely for it to happen. And it struck twice and with this rare one, it could happen again. But I am not going to live afraid, I've got too many things to do."

Chioji was first diagnosed with breast cancer 12 years ago, won that battle and traded in her news anchor job to become a competitive triathlete, fitness coach and Livestrong advocate.

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