To start, I want to thank all of you for your emails and prayers for my daughter Briana. She has definitely gone through some very challenging times with her health these past few years and this year was no different. Let me fill you in on exactly what happened. Briana was scheduled to have her thyroid removed and the doctor felt it was going to be a "routine" procedure. He was hoping that once he opened her up, it would not have been something that required removing all of her thyroid, as he was expecting just to remove a portion of it. The surgery was scheduled to take only one to two hours, and actually it took over five hours. When the surgeon came out to see me in the waiting room, he told me it was the ugliest thyroid he had every seen. It was discolored, multi-nodular, and was pressing on her vocal cords. He also told me that her lymph nodes in her neck also had to be removed, which led him to believe it was cancerous. Now I know cancer has touched almost every one of us in one way or another, when you hear that word referenced to your child -- it's devastating. Briana was in the hospital for five nights, and I slept right beside her each night. There was no other place I'd rather be than right there with her. Stay tuned for next week to find out what the results from biopsy are.
Many of you have asked how Michael is doing. He is great. He's been focusing a lot of weight training and body-building and has really transformed himself. He inspires me to do the same. I have had such a hard time lately getting to the gym on a regular basis due to my workload, filming, and family "issues." It is one of my new years resolutions to work out at least five days a week, which I recommitted to do for myself. Mike continues to work at my business Coto Insurance and is a leader in life insurance sales. He is an excellent sales person and really takes attention to detail. For any of you who would like Mike to go over your current life insurance options or looking for a free quote, please visit my website at CotoInsurance.com for more information.