WCCO's Eleanor Mondale Battling Cancer Again
April 2, 2009 at 5:29 AM (PT)
A recurrence of brain cancer has taken ELEANOR MONDALE off the air at CBS RADIO Talk WCCO-A/MINNEAPOLIS. MONDALE, according to midday co-host with SUSIE JONES, has been off the air since MARCH 19th and is taking an experimental drug to battle the illness, which was diagnosed in 2005, went into remission the next year, and recurred in FEBRUARY of last year, requiring surgery.
On the station's website, MONDALE wrote, "I think the second most horrible words to hear after 'You have brain cancer' are 'The cancer is back' ... but it's happened. Again. My fantastic Dr. at the MAYO CLINIC -- Dr. JOON UHM -- has prescribed a new treatment, and I am hoping, this time, that 'third time is a charm.' I am tired of this crap! I have decided to take disability leave while I am receiving treatment so my body can be strong and fight the disease with more gusto. I just don't have the energy to 'muscle through it' this time. I miss 'CCO and of course SUSIE, DAN and all of the stories we hear from our listeners every day.
"As I watch the beautiful APRIL snow fall down here on the farm, I am grateful for so many things. (Okay, maybe not the weather...). I am lucky enough to have a great and loving support system to help me through the uncertainty that is most distressing. I know many people have called and e-mailed the station, noticing that I am not there. I truly appreciate that and hope that everyone will be patient with me and understand that I am taking this attempt at recovery one day at a time. Some days I feel fine, some days my energy level is nonexistent. I will update this site when I can. Thank everyone in advance for your prayers and thoughts. I can't do this alone. Knowing everyone out there is pulling for me helps immeasurably."