Update, Feb. 4 - After spending ten and a half hours under a brain surgeon's knife Wednesday, Kathi Goertzen emerged alive and well and rid of the dangerous new tumor growing close to her brain stem, KOMO says. But doctors were not able to save a weakened nerve, which could lead to more facial sagging; tumor cells will likely grow back as well, they say. Thousands of viewers--including Gov. Gregoire and Dr. Oz--have wished her well at KOMOnews.com and Facebook.
Feb. 2: It was a grim anchor threesome last night--Steve Pool, Eric Johnson, and Dan Lewis--announcing fellow anchor Kathi Goertzen's return to the hospital this morning for more brain-tumor surgery. It was, conversely, a steely moment for Goertzen, facing her sixth operation in 11 years and revealing how the tumor has affected the nerves in her face, leaving her with rubbery features and the inability to do the thing she misses most--smile.
In a medium that prizes glamour, she could still joke about her funny-mirror face: "It has been squished, operated around, radiated, and generally abused for some time. It's decided to take a little break. Thus, the crooked, sagging face, and inability to break into the wide smile I so much enjoy." She added:
This turn of events has caused me to think quite a bit about appearances and what really makes us who we are. It's also caused me to reconsider the way I always used to plan for tomorrow, instead of enjoying the present day.
Luckily, I work for a company that continues to stand by me. I feel good. I'm able to walk my dog almost every day and go to work where I can dig into stories and interview interesting people.
That's not to say this is easy. I miss my anchor chair more than anyone knows. I would really like to be back to "normal." I have faith the surgery will be successful and this face will improve.
She hopes to report good news later on from her hospital bed, via KOMO's Facebook page.