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Story by James Daniels - The Oregon Herald
Published on Wednesday February 2, 2011 - 11:12 AM
 
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PORTLAND, Oregon - For 30 years Kathi Goertzen was a news anchor at ABC's KOMO-TV station in Seattle. She's scheduled for another round of surgery in an effort to abate the old tumor and perhaps help improve on her distorted features. Yesterday she released a letter discussing her ordeal with a brain tumor.

"Hello my friends," Goertzen writes. "It's not easy sharing this picture. After 30 years of being a news anchor for KOMO-TV, I'm dealing with a challenge, as you can see. But I don't give up easily...

"You may know I've battled an aggressive brain tumor for about 11 years. They call it benign, but I think that's a bit of an exaggeration, because it keeps growing back and multiplying!

"On Wednesday I'll be back in the operating room for surgery to remove parts of the tumor that are growing again. Luckily, I have excellent medical care and have great support with family, friends, and viewers.

"The latest victim of the tumor has been my facial nerve. 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.

"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.