Clea Shearer was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2022 and announced she was cancer free in November 2022
Clea Shearer is reflecting on her breast cancer journey nearly one year after learning she was cancer free.
The professional organizer and star of Netflix's Get Organized with the Home Edit, 41, appeared on Wednesday's episode of the Tamron Hall Show and shared how she’s been ahead of November, which marks the one-year anniversary of her becoming a breast cancer survivor.
“I watched the world have your back as you announced that you had been diagnosed with cancer,” Tamron Hall said. “One year out, how are you feeling?”
“I feel relief and gratitude every single day as I kind of relive all of these like annual milestones, like, ‘Oh, this was the day I started chemo. This was the day I ended chemo,’” Shearer said. “And as we approach November, I’m like ‘Wow, one year - I did it.’”
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Last November, Shearer announced on Instagram that she was officially cancer free by posting a series of pictures and videos with her husband John Shearer from the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
In April 2022, Shearer revealed to PEOPLE exclusively that she was diagnosed with invasive mammary carcinoma, an aggressive form of breast cancer.
"I'm done! Today marks my journey from cancer patient, to cancer SURVIVOR. I haven't stopped crying since I was able to ring the bell," she captioned the post.
Noting that she was first diagnosed with the illness on March 8, The Home Edit co-founder shared she "went into surgery for my double mastectomy" the following month, adding that she was "unsure what my treatment plan would be."
"I woke up after 9 hours of surgery to find out the cancer had made it's way into my lymph nodes, which would mean chemo and radiation were a necessity… As I was trying to digest that information, 7 days later, I had to go back into surgery for necrosis (my skin was not going to make it). But after my second surgery I started healing really well and made it through with flying colors," she explained.
Detailing the next step of her journey, Shearer continued, "6 weeks after surgery I started chemotherapy - 8 weeks of AC followed by 12 weeks of Taxol."
"I had some really rough days, but shockingly, I had some good days too! Shout out to reclining chairs, Top Chef, and Zofran. I wrapped up chemo on Sept 8th which was 6 weeks early, but my body wasn't producing white blood cells anymore and the long term damage wasn't worth the extra treatments," she said.
Sharing some other obstacles she endured, Clea wrote, "In October, I started radiation…. Which is where I finished today. I had some starts and stops. I had to deflate my left breast expander so the radiation beam could hit my right side, I had COVID (what in the actual….), nighttime sessions when no one was in the hospital, gala gown changes in the patient dress room, etc."
On Nov. 22 — almost nine months following her diagnosis — Clea learned that she is "cancer free."
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