CNN's Zoraida Sambolin Opens Up About Breast Cancer Diagnosis (VIDEO)

05/15/2013 10:37 am ET

CNN's Zoraida Sambolin opened up about her breast cancer diagnosis on Tuesday's "AC360," telling host Anderson Cooper that it was a matter of "when, not if."

After Angelina Jolie published a candid op-ed in the New York Times Tuesday morning detailing her decision to undergo a preventive double mastectomy, Sambolin, who hosts CNN's early morning show, revealed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer three week ago and was going to have a double mastectomy. "Angelina Jolie shares her story of a double mastectomy and gives me strength and an opening," she wrote on her Facebook wall.

Sambolin said she had a breast cancer scare a two years ago, and underwent a lumpectomy that was benign. "I've always been waiting on this hot seat for this news that could perhaps happen. So I wasn't so shocked; it's still difficult to hear that," Sambolin said.

The CNN host was diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer in her left breast, but an MRI revealed that there was a possibility of her developing cancer in her right breast as well. "I couldn't sleep at night," she said.

Sambolin also discussed how difficult it was to tell her children, particularly her nine-year-old daughter. "As a woman, my initial reaction was, 'What have I done?'" Sambolin said, fighting back tears. "And I know that I didn't do anything, but I was so worried about her and [thinking,] 'What does her future hold?"

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