Tom Brokaw, Opens Up About His Health and Illness: Compassionate Family Against Cancer

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Tom Brokaw, Opens Up About His Health and Illness: Compassionate Family Against Cancer

Health is the greatest wealth. Many people in this world are ill both mentally and physically and are not able to live their life fullest. Likewise, some people are very conscious about their health and can enjoy their life the way they like. And some people are so busy inclined to their career that they have no time to look after their health.

Today we are going to talk about an American journalist and author, Tom Brokaw’s health and illness. Seventy-six-year-old Brokaw is battling with incurable blood cancer which has made him appreciate life more.

Brokaw, Battling With Multiple Myelomas:

Brokaw was diagnosed with Cancer in 2013. He spoke about the battle with the disease in an emotional interview with TODAY. He talked about the people he met who suffered from cancer which includes a family friend. His friend, who passed away last year, had a severe form of cancer.

Facing a daily battle with cancer, Tom Brokaw undergoes regular chemotherapy. He has now learned to appreciate life more and the importance of having a good support system. His life is now augmented with a new group of friends who are going through the similar battle.

Compassionate Family Against Cancer:

“Find a friend who's a doctor, and don't make them part of your treatment team, make him your consigliere, your ombudsman. They'll know what questions to ask. They'll tell you what the translation may be about the information that you're getting." - Tom Brokaw

 Brokaw boasts a compassionate family against cancer. His daughter Dr. Jennifer Brokaw, who is an emergency room physician in San Francisco, has been with him in his treatable but incurable battle.

Caption: Tom Brokaw and Daughter Dr. Jennifer Brokaw in the show "What Everyone's Talking About- with Abigail Pogrebin."


His daughter played a significant role in his battle with cancer. Tom Brokaw told Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist on TODAY Monday,

'She was invaluable to me because she knew what questions to ask, what research to look for, how to get on the phone with me.'

After realizing the impact of having a good support system to the cancer patients, Brokaw has shared much of what he has faced and its impact on his family in his best-selling book, "A Lucky Life Interrupted."

Caption: Tom and his family recount Tom's battle with cancer in an interview with TODAY this May


In the interview with today, he further added,

"If you have cancer, in a way your whole family gets cancer because they're involved in it. If you don't have cancer, you can be sympathetic, but you really can't understand it until you get to it yourself." 

Tom's Short Bio:

Thomas John "Tom" Brokaw was born on February 6, 1940, on February 6, 1940. Born to Eugenia "Jean" and Anthony Orville "Red" Brokaw, Tom attended the University of Iowa but dropped out of the University after a year. Later on, he joined the University of South Dakota from where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1964.

He began his television career with KTIV and joined the NBC News in the year 1966. From the year 1982 to 2004, Tom Brokaw was the managing editor of NBC Nightly News. He is also known for hosting NBC Nightly News, Meet the Press, and The Today Show. Brokaw, who is one of the trusted and respected journalists, receives an incredible salary from his profession. His net worth is estimated to be $80 million.