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January 09, 2013 07:25 AM

Brooke Burke-Charvet put on a brave face Tuesday morning, recounting the emotional distress she endured leading up to her thyroidectomy.

Managing to stay smiling, the typically upbeat Dancing with the Stars co-host, 41, told Good Morning America her initial diagnosis was “shocking,” adding, “I never thought I’d hear the word ‘cancer’ in relation to myself. The [thought] in my mind when I [heard the news] is that I’m a mother, I’ve got four children, I’ve got a family counting on me.”

Burke-Charvet’s brood was very supportive of her health condition, but it was especially tough for her older daughter.

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“It was in the news, and her friends had to come to her and say, ‘Oh, we heard about your mom. We’re so sorry,’ ” Burke-Charvet said. “She cried.”

Now healthier, the TV personality has a permanent reminder of that tough time in her life.

“[There’s] no makeup [on my scar],” she said, revealing her bare neck. “This is a first for me. I’ve been scarfing it up.”

But a little scarring is now the least of her concerns.

“It’s fresh, it’s a month old and I think scars tell a story,” she said. “And I think I’m so fortunate.”

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