Published May 9, 2022
It’s been one month since professional organizer and Netflix star Clea Shearer shared her breast cancer diagnosis and upcoming surgery news with the world. She’s been recovering well and is already back on her feet learning a new dance!
In a video shared to Instagram on Sunday, Clea is seen dancing alongside her 11-year-old daughter Stella and friend. The two tweens performed a famous TikTok dance trend alongside 40-year-old Clea.
“After 4 weeks in the house post surgery,” she wrote in the caption, “I finally learned a TikTok dance ⭐️⭐️⭐️”
Clea, who’s been sharing regular updates about her health on Instagram, was originally told her cancer was stage 1, but during the nine-hour surgery on Friday, April 8, doctors found cancer in one of her lymph nodes, which elevated the cancer to stage 2. The type of breast cancer Clea was diagnosed with hasn’t been been made public yet, but she said her cancer is “aggressive and fast-moving,” however, “I caught it early.”
She had two tumors, one measuring 2 centimeter in size and the other 3 centimeters (she was originally told each tumor was 1 centimeter). The tumors were sent to a lab in order to determine if Clea will need chemotherapy or radiation, and it turns out she’ll need both.
Last week, Clea shared more news with her Instagram followers that she’ll be starting chemotherapy in about two weeks — on May 19.
“Am I nervous? Absolutely. But am I ready? Absolutely. Chemo won’t be fun, but it will be FINE! And when this is all done, I’m going to live to be 95,” she wrote.
“For now, I’m tackling the next two weeks and getting everything I need organized and ready to go. In the meantime, I walked 3 miles today! Thanks for being with me on this journey.”
According to her Instagram, Clea also underwent a second breast cancer surgery recently because “some of my skin tissue is just NOT having it…” She’s currently recovering at home.
Most women with breast cancer, like Clea Shearer, will have surgery at some point in their treatment. Depending on how far your cancer has spread and your personal preferences, you and your doctor may decide to:
Removing your breasts can have a dramatic effect on your self-esteem, which is why some women who opt for a mastectomy then choose breast reconstruction surgery. It’s unclear if Clea will opt for reconstruction surgery after her double mastectomy. This is a highly personal choice, and there’s no “right” answer as to whether or not to reconstruct.
According to the American Cancer Society, bleeding and infection at the surgery site are possible with all operations. However, the side effects of a mastectomy can depend on the type: either a single (removing one breast) or double (removing both breasts).
Those side effects can include: