BRISTOL, CT – APRIL 16: Shenise Johnson talks with ESPN broadcaster Holly Rowe after being drafted number five overall by the San Antonio Silver Stars during the 2012 WNBA Draft Presented By Boost Mobile on April 16, 2012 at ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty Images)

ESPN reporter Holly Rowe announced at the start of February that she was undergoing surgery for a new tumor, only one day after working a Texas-Baylor basketball game, and she’s already set to return to partial action. Rowe tweeted Monday that she’s returning for Monday evening’s Kansas-Texas broadcast, and she’s encouraged by what her doctors have said so far. She also wrote that she’s planning to keep working while undergoing treatment, but will be doing less games than normal. From Twitlonger:

I am very excited to be back working Kansas at Texas for Big Monday tonight. I had a great Doctor’s visit last week, he told me, “mood and attitude is crucial to your success treating cancer. If you are smiling and joyful, you are fighting cancer.” I told him what brings me joy is working so we have mapped out a conservative schedule for me in March. Big 12 Tourney and Womens Regional Final and Final Four. I am so grateful for my supportive bosses and colleagues at ESPN. Also, The great staff at the Huntsman Cancer Institute who are patiently working around my schedule. In April, I will devote that month to treatment and hope to back and stronger than ever for NCAA Softball in May and June. I am so thankful and grateful for the prayers, love and support I have received. It is amazing to see the amount of positive, loving, kind people in my world. I am SO lucky. Thank you! And now, just getting back to work because it’s March Madness!!!!! 💪💪👍👍😄😄

It’s great to see that Rowe’s treatment seems to be progressing well. She’s been incredibly optimistic since her surgery, and it’s yet more evidence of her often-praised work ethic that she’s so eager to get back this quickly.  Rowe has been a very valuable piece for ESPN, working there since 1998 and covering everything from college football to college basketball to college baseball and softball to the NBA and WNBA. Here’s hoping that her return to ESPN broadcasts and her continued treatment both work out well.



About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.

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