Erin Andrews reveals cervical cancer diagnosis that she kept secret for 5 months

Erin Andrews has never wanted to be the story. The longtime sports journalist and Dancing With the Stars co-host has been the subject of public scandal in recent years after a man secretly taped her naked in her hotel room.

But after her traumatic court case ended this past summer, Andrews got even more difficult news. The 38-year-old was diagnosed with cervical cancer in September.

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In a new interview with Sports Illustrated's The MMQB, Andrews opened up for the first time about keeping her diagnosis a secret for months.

"Throughout my career, all I've ever wanted is to just fit in," Andrews said. "That I had this extra baggage with the scandal, I didn't want to be any different. I felt that way about being sick too. I don't want players or coaches to look at me differently."

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ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 20: ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews smiles on-air during the game between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Miami Hurricanes at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field on November 20, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia Tech beat Miami 41-23. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL - July 2: Erin Andrews of ESPN (right) talks with infielder Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays after play against the Boston Red Sox July 2, 2008 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 24: Erin Andrews of ESPN attends the ESPN the Magazine's 6th Annual Pre-Draft party at Espace on April 24, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 08: ESPN commentator Erin Andrews looks on during a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers against the New York Mets on July 8, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Dodgers 5-4. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Sportschrome/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14: Erin Andrews attends the ESPY's Celebration Of Champions Athlete Kickoff at J Bar on July 14, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: ***EXCLUSIVE*** ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, recipient of the Best Male Athlete and actress Demi Moore pose backstage during the 2009 ESPY awards held at Nokia Theatre LA Live on July 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The 17th annual ESPYs will air on Sunday, July 19 at 9PM ET on ESPN. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for ESPY)
RALEIGH, NC - SEPTEMBER 3: ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews reports from the sidelines prior to the game between the South Carolina Gamecocks and the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Carter-Finley Stadium on September 3, 2009 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 15: ESPN commentator Erin Andrews interviews coach Brian Kelly and quarterback Zach Collaros #12 of the Cincinnati Bearcats after play against the University of South Florida Bulls October 15, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - ERIN ANDREWS and MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY - Since joining ESPN in 2004, Erin Andrews has become one of the most well-known sports reporters in the country. She teams with MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY, who returns for his eighth season. The all-new cast of celebrities and their professional partners hit the dance floor on ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' with the highly anticipated two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, MARCH 22 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)
GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 12: ESPN personality Erin Andrews interviews Frank Haith, head coach of the University of Miami Hurricanes after a win over the Virginia Tech Hokies in their quarterfinal game in the 2010 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 12, 2010 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - ERIN ANDREWS - Since joining ESPN in 2004, Erin Andrews has become one of the most well-known sports reporters in the country. She teams with MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY, who returns for his eighth season. The all-new cast of celebrities and their professional partners hit the dance floor on ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' with the highly anticipated two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, MARCH 22 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Chris Chavira/ABC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 24: Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Erin Andrews are seen on March 24, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight, (12:05 - 1:05 a.m., ET), following 'Nightline,' featuring a diverse lineup of guests that include celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for MONDAY, APRIL 26 included actress Megan Mullally ('Party Down'), ESPN commentator Erin Andrews ('Dancing with the Stars') and 13-year-old National School Scrabble 2010 Winners Evan McCarthy and Bradley Robbins. (Photo by Michael Desmond/ABC via Getty Images) ERIN ANDREWS, JIMMY KIMMEL
***EXCLUSIVE*** DANCING WITH THE STARS THE RESULTS SHOW - 'Episode 1007A' - The sixth couple to be eliminated this season was sent home on 'Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,' TUESDAY, MAY 4 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET). (Photo by Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) ERIN ANDREWS, EVAN LYSACEK
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 09: TV personality Erin Andrews arrives at the 2010 CMT Music Awards Arrivals at the Bridgestone Arena on June 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic) *** Local Caption ***
OMAHA, NE - JUNE 28: Television personality Erin Andrews on air before game 1 of the men's 2010 NCAA College Baseball World Series between the UCLA Bruins and the South Carolina Gamecocks at Rosenblatt Stadium on June 28, 2010 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - ESPN's Erin Andrews contributes reports to GOOD MORNING AMERICA, airing on the ABC Television Network. GM10 (Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images) ERIN ANDREWS
STILLWATER, OK- NOVEMBER 27: Sideline reporter Erin Andrews of ESPN interviews head coach Bob Stoops of the Oklahoma Sooners after a game with the Oklahoma State Cowboys on November 27, 2010 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Jackson Laizure/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 05: ESPN reporter Erin Andrews attends the ESPN Winter 2011 TCA Panel at the Langham Hotel on January 5, 2011 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Mathew Imaging/WireImage)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 04: (L-R) Erin Andrews, Chase Crawford and Chrissy Teigen attend DIRECTV's Sixth Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl Game at Victory Field on February 4, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for DirecTV)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05: Sportcaster Erin Andrews attends the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 20: TV personality Erin Andrews presents an award during the 2012 NHL Awards at the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas on June 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 10: Erin Andrews attends a NHL playoff game between the St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on May 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Sportscaster Erin Andrews arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 24: Jarret Stoll #28 of the Los Angeles Kings skates with his girlfriend sportscaster Erin Andrews during the family skate after the team practice for the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Dodger Stadium on January 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - Erin Andrews joins 'Dancing with the Stars' as host alongside Emmy-Award Winner(r) Tom Bergeron for its 18th season premiering MONDAY, MARCH 17 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). No stranger to the ballroom, Andrews competed on the 10th season of 'Dancing with the Stars' making it all the way to the finals. Known for being a pioneer in sports broadcasting, Andrews's skills from the field are sure to be an asset in hosting a spirited dance competition. This season, the show also welcomes new Music Director and Composer Ray Chew to the ballroom. Continuing a tradition of live musical accompaniment, Chew's band will feature a new line-up of musicians and singers performing music ranging from the latest pop hits to the great standards of the past. (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: NHL player Jarrett Stoll (L) and sportscaster Erin Andrews attend The 2014 ESPYS at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images For ESPYS)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2009' - Four remaining couples advanced to the SEMI-FINALS on 'Dancing with the Stars' this MONDAY, MAY 11 (8:00-10:01 p.m. ET). The competition was neck and neck as each couple fought to make it to the top 3 and dance in the finale. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) SHARNA BURGESS, NOAH GALLOWAY, TOM BERGERON, ERIN ANDREWS
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10: Host Erin Andrews attends the 2015 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 10, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10: Erin Andrews (L) and Brittany Snow present onstage during the 2015 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 10, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 20: Sportscaster Erin Andrews looks on prior to game four of the American League Championship Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals at Rogers Centre on October 20, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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So Andrews kept the news under wraps. She missed two episodes of DWTS in late September, at the time saying it was due to a death in the family, which was only part of the reason.

Andrews went into surgery in mid-October, firmly telling the doctor, "I'm not watching any football games at home. This is [Fox's] Super Bowl year, and I'm not missing the Super Bowl."

Two days after the surgery she was on a red eye flight from Los Angeles to Green Bay to film a feature with the Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson.

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"Should I have been standing for a full game five days after surgery? Let's just say the doctor didn't recommend that," Andrews said. "But just as I felt during my trial, sports were my escape. I needed to be with my crew."

The reporter found the strength to fight her diagnosis thanks to the support of those closest to her.

"After the trial everyone kept telling me, 'You're so strong, for going through all of this, for holding down a job in football, for being the only woman on the crew,' " Andrews says. "Finally I got to the point where I believed it too. 'Hey, I have cancer, but dammit, I am strong, and I can do this.' "

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In mid-November, Andrews was told that her margins were clear and that there would be no need for radiation or chemotherapy.

Her father, Steve Andrews, said of that day, "I gazed out the window and quietly wept. Such an incredible weight had been lifted off her shoulders. I try not to think about what happened to her too much. But when I do, and I consider the enormity of what Erin has endured, I'll often just sit down and cry."

For details on Andrews' recent Disneyland engagement to fiancé Jarrett Stoll, watch the clip above!

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 16: TV personality Erin Andrews and hockey player Jarret Stoll attend the Amazon Prime Summer Soiree hosted By Erin and Sara Foster held at Sunset Towers on July 16, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Amazon)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Erin Andrews (L) and Jarret Stoll attend a basketball game between the Toronto Raptors and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Jodi Price, Erin Andrews, Jarret Stoll, Steven Bosci and Tiffany Rockman attend an in-store event hosted by David Yurman with Jarret Stoll to celebrate the launch of The Men's Forged Carbon Collection at David Yurman Boutique on November 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for David Yurman)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: (L-R) NHL player Jarret Stoll with girlfriend sports analyst Erin Andrews attends The 2014 ESPYS at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Professional hockey player Jarret Stoll and sportscaster Erin Andrews arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: NHL player Jarret Stoll and sportscaster Erin Andrews attend the premiere of 'Captain Phillips' at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on September 30, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: Erin Andrews and Jarret Stoll attend the 2014 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Sportscaster Erin Andrews and professional hockey player Jarret Stoll arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 22: NHL player Jarret Stoll and sportscaster Erin Andrews attend the Festa Italiana with Giada de Laurentiis opening night celebration of the third annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival on August 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ben Horton/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Jarret Stoll (L) and Erin Andrews arrive at the premiere of Columbia Pictures' 'Captain Phillips' at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on September 30, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 22: Jarret Stoll and sportscaster Erin Andrews attends the Festa Italiana with Giada de Laurentiis opening night celebration of the third annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival on August 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ben Horton/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 11: NHL player Jarret Stoll and TV personality Erin Andrews arrive at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 11, 2013 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
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