Michael Strahan and daughter Isabella shared the news of her brain cancer diagnosis on Good Morning America.
On January 11, renowned television host Michael Strahan sat beside his 19-year-old daughter Isabella for an appearance on Good Morning America and shared the scary news that she is battling brain cancer. Isabella was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma in late October 2023 and underwent emergency surgery to remove a life-threatening tumor in her cerebellum, the part of the brain located at the base of the skull.
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Isabella hopes to “heal her head” after many weeks of radiation treatment.
Since the diagnosis and resulting surgery, Isabella has endured a grueling course of radiation treatments, having 30 sessions over the course of six weeks. She has been documenting the journey on her YouTube channel and on Tuesday (Jan 16), shared a vlog from her final day of radiation treatment.
She takes viewers through her day, beginning with her selecting an outfit in the morning and traveling to the treatment center with her family in tow. Isabella expresses how excited she is to be completing this stage of her treatment:
“It’s been a long six weeks and I am very happy to hopefully heal my head from all of this, because the side effects and everything get to you.”
The side effects of radiation therapy can include fatigue, hair loss, headaches, nausea, blurry vision, and memory problems.
Isabella rings the bell to celebrate the end of radiation treatment.
After her final treatment, the hospital staff can be seen cheering for Isabella and she becomes emotional as she hugs her family. The brave young woman then gets to commemorate the milestone by ringing the bell – a tradition among cancer warriors to mark the end of treatment. She rings it enthusiastically and the relief can be seen on her face.
Isabella will still need to undergo chemotherapy as a continuation of her cancer treatment. She will begin this next phase at Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center in Durham, North Carolina, next month. She told GMA:
“That’s my next step. I’m ready for it to start and be one day closer to being over…I’m very excited for this whole process to wrap. But you just have to keep living every day, I think, through the whole thing.”
Isabella’s strength is an inspiration and we are sending prayers to her and her loved ones as this journey continues.
Watch Isabella’s vlog from her final day of radiation treatment below!