Jovita Moore, a local news anchor in Atlanta, has recently has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer.
Glioblastoma doesn’t have high survival rates. The disease, like many others, came as a shock to Moore, 53, who has been active in her career for the past 23 years.
Moore has appeared on TV multiple times a day, anchoring the late afternoon and evening newscasts. And when she’s not in front of the cameras at work, she’s a mom of three and a volunteer at a local non-profit helping homeless kids.
But in April, Moore shared how she underwent an MRI after noticing troubling symptoms.
“I was really concerned about why all of a sudden I was forgetful, disoriented and just not feeling myself. Feeling like I was in a fog and really wanting to get out of that fog,” Moore said at the time in an interview with her station, WSB-TV. She recalled almost passing out while heading to a supermarket.
“I remember walking across the parking lot and feeling like I wasn’t going to make it to the door. I was almost like walking in quicksand.”
The brain scan showed two small masses — which were then removed during surgery in April. And while Moore has been off the air, she is hoping to return after recovering for about 10 weeks.
“This journey for me started with an unusual headache so if something’s not right with you, I urge you to please get yourself checked,” Moore said, thanking viewers for their support.
“I’m home now. I’m up and about and doing everything my doctors tell me to do. So for now, I need to be here to focus on my health. I’m surrounded by my family, a very small circle of friends, but also your extended love and support.”
“We laugh and you know sometimes we talk about stuff and we may cry a little bit. But at the end of the day, she is a fighter, and she is surrounded by love and prayers and positivity.”
WSB-TV community and public affairs director and Moore’s longtime friend, Condace Pressley, said her friend was faring well.
“Our girl is strong. Our girl is a fighter and she’s doing great every day,” Pressley said in an interview with the station.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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