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Samantha Harris tweets mastectomy update

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

Road to recovery

Former Dancing with the Stars cohost Samantha Harris is on the road to recovery after undergoing a double mastectomy for breast cancer.

Dancing with the Stars fans will be thrilled to know that the toughest part of Samantha Harris' breast cancer battle is behind her: The show's former cohost underwent a successful double mastectomy yesterday.

Harris tweeted from her hospital bed via WhoSay, complete with a photo of the medical diagram drawn on her chest pre-surgery.

The Entertainment Tonight correspondent, who found a lump in her breast last fall and got it checked out despite a clear mammogram only months before, explained just days before her surgery that other survivors like Giuliana Rancic have become inspirations to her.

"Giuliana and all of the women that I have come to talk to that are survivors have been tremendously supportive and generous and have guided me on this very scary and rocky road," Harris told E! News.

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"Go, get it checked! Don't take, 'I think it's fine,' for an answer! Have a specialist look at it, someone who only looks at breasts every single day," she advised.

Harris also said her daughters are her inspiration to stay strong and never give up the fight.

"It's going to be a really crappy, rocky road to go through surgery and go through recovery, but I'm strong and I've got two little ones, who are just 3 and 6, who need to see mama be as strong and powerful as I can be. And I will be and I have been, not only for me, but for them."

Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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