Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York is a British author, television personality, and member of the British royal family. She is the former wife of Prince Andrew, mother to Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie and an aunt to Prince Harry and Prince William. Recently, a representative for the 63-year-old royal revealed that she was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer after a mammogram screening and was advised to undergo surgery.
What are the details of Sarah Ferguson’s breast cancer journey?
Recently, Ferguson was diagnosed after a routine mammogram and she was “shocked and scared” when she received the diagnosis, but that she was also “determined to fight.” The Duchess of York’s surgery was performed at King Edward VII Hospital in London. The surgery was a single mastectomy, which means that only the affected breast was removed. Ferguson’s doctors said that the prognosis is good and that she is expected to make a full recovery. On June 25, the Press Association revealed that Sarah left King Edward VII’s Hospital in London and is back home at Windsor with her family, the same day the rep revealed the news to the public.
Since her surgery, Ferguson has been open about her experience with breast cancer. She has spoken out about the importance of early detection and has encouraged other women to get screened, sharing her story on her podcast titled ‘Tea Talks with the Duchess & Sarah,’ via a pre-recorded (the day before her surgery) episode. It was released on June 26, 2023.
“The duchess is receiving the best medical care, and her doctors have told her that the prognosis is good. She is now recuperating with her family. The duchess wants to express her immense gratitude to all the medical staff who have supported her in recent days. She is also hugely thankful to the staff involved in the mammogram which identified her illness, which was otherwise symptom free, and believes her experience underlines the importance of regular screening.”A statement by Sarah Ferguson’s representative
What’s next for the Duchess of York?
After her diagnosis with early-stage breast cancer, Sarah Ferguson has been vocal about her experience and her plans to help others in her podcast and otherwise. She has spoken out about the importance of early detection and has encouraged women to get screened, launching a new campaign titled ‘Fergie’s Fight’ to raise awareness of breast cancer and to support those affected by the disease. Planning to write a book about her experience, the Duchess believes that her story can help other women who have been diagnosed with this disease. In addition to this, she is committed to working with charities that can provide financial assistance to women with breast cancer, as well as emotional support and practical help. “I’m so grateful for my family and friends. They’ve been my rock through this whole thing,” said Ferguson, highlighting how her family’s support helped her get through her scary diagnosis and treatment.