If the name Danielle Spencer doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps the name “Dee,” former adorable child star of ’70s classic TV show What’s Happening, is probably more familiar. Spencer recently revealed a shocking diagnosis to BlackAmericaWeb: she’s got breast cancer and was diagnosed only one short month ago.
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Spencer’s catchphrase on the show was, “Oooh, I’m gonna tell my momma!” She left showbiz to pursue her education at Tuskegee University where she completed a degree in veterinary science and became a veterinarian. Twenty-two years later, the now 49-year-old Dr. Spencer couldn’t be happier about her choice to leave entertainment.
Currently Spencer is seeking the best treatment for herself. “Surgery is definitely one of the options,” she shares.
“I”m trying to get as many opinions as possible but it does look that that is what I’m going to do. Hopefully after that there won’t be any chemotherapy or radiation. With everything that I’ve been through with the spinal cord injury I know God is not going to give me another affliction. So I was completely shocked when the doctors told me.”
In 1977, Spencer was in a car accident. Symptoms of spinal cord injury showed up 26 years later, eventually leaving her near-paralysis for a time.
‘What’s Happening’ Child Star Journey Past Disease & Injury To Healing was originally published on blackdoctor.org