Oct. 3, 2013 at 9:22 AM ET
After a scary year or so, Robin Quivers is happily cancer-free, and back in the studio with Howard Stern as his radio sidekick. But as she told TODAY's Matt Lauer Thursday, she credits the healthy lifestyle she'd been adhering to since just after Sept. 11, 2001, as what got her on the road to recovery faster.
After 9/11, she said, "I thought I would be one of the people who couldn't help myself out of that (World Trade Center) building. If I was there, someone would have to help me. I'd be one of those people you had to come and get. And I thought, this is not any way to live and I need to figure out what's wrong."
What she figured out, and how she feels it helped her body to be strong when the cancer hit her in 2012, has been detailed in her book, "The Vegucation of Robin: How Real Food Saved My Life." (Read an excerpt here.) The book, which is available in stores now, is not a diet book or a cookbook, but it explains her journey from that revelation to getting her daily nutrition on track.
"When you consider that I went through chemo and radiation and hardly had any side effects — I saw other people and they were going through the same thing I was, my situation wasn't complicated by other illnesses, other medications," she said. "Basically I was strong going in."
Quivers announced on Stern's show in June 2012 that she had undergone surgery to remove a growth in her pelvic area. On Sept. 9 of this year, she spoke about the cancer battle, which had occurred in her uterine tissue. She continued to broadcast from her home during recovery, and is now back at work in person.
Stern's support in her time of need was invaluable; Quivers called him "my heart."
"I feel fantastic," she said. "I've been declared cancer-free for about three or four months now. It's just a matter of still recovering at home, past all that treatment that kept me out of the studio for this long. But I've been feeling really good."