ESPN sideline reporter Holly Rowe, who wrote about having her contract renewed this week, says her cancer has returned and it has spread.
Rowe told the Associated Press on Thursday just a few hours after ESPN announced it had extended her deal.
“I don’t think about having cancer when I’m out here,” Rowe told the Associated Press before working a WNBA game between the Minnesota Lynx and New York Liberty. “Monday, I have a CAT scan and have treatment. I’ll be a cancer patient on Monday. I’m not thinking about it today.”
Rowe had surgery in February to remove a cancerous tumor in her chest, a malignant tumor under her right arm and 29 additional lymph nodes, she told Sports Illustrated. She told USA TODAY Sports that being on the sidelines was her “happy place,” so it appears she won’t let the latest diagnosis slow her down.
Because of her recent diagnosis, Rowe is supposed to have treatment every 21 days while trying a new amino therapy.
“I recently had five days in a row off,” Rowe told AP. “That’s a long stretch. I was a mess, I was sitting around thinking about having cancer. It’s ridiculous. I’ve got to stay busy or I’ll go crazy. This is the world’s best therapy. Every single day I’m working, I’m absorbed in other people. Somebody wins. I need to see people winning and fighting through adversity. That helps me so much.”
Rowe has been at ESPN since 1998. On Thursday she wrote a blog post about her experience working through her diagnosis. ESPN senior coordinating producer Lee Fitting said the network was lucky to have Rowe on staff.
“Holly’s energy and yearlong dedication to ESPN is a testament to her strength and resiliency all while courageously battling cancer over the last 16 months,” he said. “She is beloved by her peers, coaches and athletes that she interacts with daily, and her creativity and professionalism on everything she touches…