Elisabeth Hasselbeck tearfully reveals the real reason for her TV absence

Nov 14, 2014 at 10:07 a.m. ET

Elisabeth Hasselbeck returned to Fox & Friends on Friday and revealed the real reason why she had taken a month's absence due to a mystery illness.

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Hasselbeck told viewers about her health scare, explaining that doctors had found a tumor in her abdomen. Doctors initially were concerned the tumor could be cancerous and told the anchor it had to be removed as soon as possible because they did not like the way that it looked.

The former The View host then explained her anguish as she waited to find out if the tumor was cancerous or not, but fortunately doctors determined it was not and gave her a clean bill of health.

"I had a scary week when we didn't know what the results were," Hasselbeck said. "But I'm OK… everything came back OK. Surgery's not fun, but it is necessary to find out if you have something really terrible."

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"So many people I know have stared down the barrel of that cancer gun, and looked at it when they have gotten bad news... and done remarkable things, courageously to fight it," she said. "So I knew if I got that kind of news I would be in their wings and, by their example, able to fight it. I didn't get that message from my doctors. I got a clear and clean bill of health, and I'm thankful."

Elizabeth Hasselbeck

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Hasselbeck then went on to express her gratitude for all the support she has received during the past month, saying, "I could not be more thankful for my family and my friends who've stuck by me with incredible support."

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"And really, starting from the top down here, [Fox News CEO] Mr. [Roger] Ailes, and this entire Fox family treated me like family the entire way… I'm certainly not a person who takes a lot for granted, but I certainly don't take it for granted now."

Hasselbeck also took to Twitter on Thursday to express her excitement that she would be headed back to work.

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