Sandra Lee Undergoes Double Mastectomy, Governor Andrew Cuomo by Her Side

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Sandra Lee, the celebrity chef known for her 'semi-homemade' concept, underwent a double mastectomy on Tuesday. Boyfriend, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, released a statement about her surgery later in the day.

"Around 8 a.m. this morning, Sandy underwent surgery that concluded just before 1 p.m. I am happy to report that she is doing as well as can be expected and has begun the post-surgery recovery process," he said. "On behalf of Sandy and myself, I want to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and prayers over the last few days. Your support has meant the world to us."

It was only a few weeks ago that Sandra Lee announced she had breast cancer. She was scheduled for surgery earlier, but due to a respiratory infection it was rescheduled for this week instead.

The Food Network star made sure her team kept fans informed of her hospitalization, which they did via Facebook.

Sandra Lee prefaced their posts with one of her own on Monday.

Dear Facebook Family,I wanted to let you know that I am having surgery tomorrow morning. I am handing my social...

Posted by Sandra Lee on Monday, May 18, 2015

On Tuesday morning the team began sharing information.

Dear Facebook Family,Sandra is heading into her surgery this morning and we want to reach out to all of you her...

Posted by Sandra Lee on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

As they awaited another update, the team shared some of what Sandra Lee went through just prior to her surgery.

Dear Facebook family,We've got an update on Sandra: the day started out in the middle of the night. She was up before...

Posted by Sandra Lee on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

There was no doubt much rejoicing when they learned she was out of surgery.

Facebook friends, A new update: Sandra is out of surgery! She is currently in a recovery room with Governor Cuomo and...

Posted by Sandra Lee on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

And soon her team posted that Sandra Lee was 'resting comfortably.'

Facebook family, We have another update. Sandra is out of the recovery room, and was taken to her hospital room. It...

Posted by Sandra Lee on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sandra Lee certainly has several days of discomfort ahead, but hopefully the worst is over. The determination and drive she is known for will certainly prove itself invaluable during this trial.

Kimberly Ripley

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and ‘Nana’ to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.