Jacqui Jeras, meteorologist for Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate WJLA announced she’s taking time off from work to undergo a preventative double mastectomy.
Jeras’ co-anchors Jummy Olabanji and Scott Thuman wished her well at the end of this morning’s 6:00 a.m. newscast. “We’re all going to be thinking about you and we wish you the best,” said Thuman. “And we know everything’s going to be just fine.”
“Dear facebook family, as you may have heard, I am taking some time off for my health after today’s show. I am having surgery next week. My health is great, but I want to keep it that way, so I am having a preventive double mastectomy. I have a strong family history of breast cancer including my sister who is battling the disease right now. My mom is a survivor, so are my Aunts and my Grandmother lost the battle. We don’t have BRCA1 or BRCA2, but we have something they haven’t figured out yet. I expect to be gone about a month and will post here when I can about my progress. Thanks for your support and prayers. Please remember to do your monthly self exams and mammograms and remind your loved ones to do the same.