In March last year, as a jury awarded US sports journalist Erin Andrews $74 million for the trauma of the eight years prior, she no doubt felt the storm had passed. And it had been a storm of catastrophic proportions.
In 2008, 46-year-old Michael David Barrett had followed Andrews into a hotel in Nashville. He camped out in the hotel room next door, altering the peephole in the door to her room and filmed her naked.
On July 16, 2009, one of these videos, in which Andrews appeared totally nude, was posted online. In a subsequent lawsuit, it was estimated by a computer scientist that 16.8 million people had seen stills from the video.
Barrett was arrested in October of the same year, and sentenced to two years and six months in prison. Andrews also won her civil suit.
It was over. She was out of the news, she was back at work doing what she loved and the focus returned to her career and not her controversies.
And then, without reason, rhyme or fairness, in October last year, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She would need surgery, and she would need it fast.
In an interview with MMQB, Andrews’ dad, Steve, said it wasn’t easy watching his daughter have so much thrown at her at the one time.
“When you hear the word cancer, you fear the worst,” her father says. “When it’s your child, you think to yourself, you think to God: Take me, not her. She has been through enough. She is just getting her life back.”