WUSA9 sports anchor Kristen Berset should be basking in wedded bliss. Instead, she's battling breast cancer for a second time.
Bel Air resident and WUSA9 sports anchor Kristen Berset should be basking in wedded bliss.
Instead, a month after getting married to Comcast SportsNet reporter and anchor Brent Harris, she announced she was temporarily leaving work to battle breast cancer for the second time in eight years.
Berset reminded viewers in January about her past battle with breast cancer before sharing her latest diagnosis.
"It appears the celebration was short-lived, as I have been diagnosed with breast cancer again," Berset said from the WUSA9 anchor chair. "The prognosis is great. But it will require me to step away from the anchor desk for several weeks as I undergo surgery and treatment."
The 35-year-old Bel Air resident and former Fox 45 reporter and anchor found out a week before Thanksgiving through a call from her doctor. She was in Miami at the time, checking on her wedding dress.
"I never thought I would hear those four dreaded words… let alone hear them a second time," she wrote in a Jan. 16 Facebook post. "You have breast cancer."
Berset has been on leave from her anchor duties since making the announcement as she receives treatment at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air.
"The last couple weeks have been rather tough. Every day it's another appointment and another scan," Berset told The Baltimore Sun, adding that the past couple of weeks she's been weighing her options between receiving radiation or chemotherapy and radiation.
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One unwavering constant throughout this whole process has been Harris' support, according to Berset.
"He's been a rock," she said. "It was all kind of a shock for both of us. He comforts me. He's gone to every appointment that he can."
Co-workers have also pitched in, providing meals on weekends and accompanying her to appointments.
"The outpouring of support has been very humbling and very helpful," she said.
Harris, an anchor and reporter for Comcast SportsNet, first met Berset five years ago, when the two were co-emcees at the Ulman Cancer Fund Blue Jeans Ball in 2012.
"I guess I'd say it's not something you can really plan for," Harris wrote in an e-mail to The Baltimore Sun. "Kristen started to go through this as we were getting ready for our wedding, so there have been a whole host of emotions."
Humor has been an occasional coping mechanism for the two.