Radio personality Robin Quivers is cancer-free after undergoing chemotherapy, radiation treatment and surgery for endometrial cancer last year. Quivers returned to the studio this week as Howard Stern's sidekick after receiving a clean bill of health.
"I feel fantastic," she told NBC News Oct. 3. "I've been declared cancer-free for about three or four months now. It's just a matter of still recovering at home, past all that treatment that kept me out of the studio for this long. But I've been feeling really good."
Quivers, 61, worked from home last year while dealing with a grapefruit-sized tumor that had grown in her uterus. She's doing much better now, thanks to cancer treatments and her longtime vegan diet, which helped her lose 80 pounds several years ago.
Robin switched to a vegan diet in 2001, and credits the plant-based eating plan for helping her through her cancer recovery.
"I went through chemo and radiation and hardly had any side effects," she said. "I saw other people and they were going through the same thing I was, but my situation wasn't complicated by other illnesses, other medications. Basically I was strong going in [because of my vegan diet]."
Quivers, who had been overweight all her life, had a family history of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. She was certain she too would fall prey to poor health in middle age, but says adopting a vegan diet completely changed her life.
"My plant-based diet was helping my body heal," Quivers wrote in her book, "The Vegucation of Robin." "I couldn't believe the difference I saw. I'd never had such a dramatic shift in my health — not when I was taking medication, not when I was wearing a neck brace, and certainly not when I was eating whatever I wanted. I no longer had to rearrange my entire life around being sick."
Robin said she isn't suggesting that everyone become vegan, but instead wants to encourage people to eat more vegetables, no matter what diet they follow.
"It's not a book promoting veganism, but it is promoting getting to know, love and understand that vegetables are really, really good for you," she said. "Cooking vegetables is really quick. It doesn't take a long time."
Quivers says she now realizes that good health doesn't come in a pill, and that getting weak and sick as we age is not our destiny. The best way to ensure optimal health, she says, is through our diets.
"I changed the way I ate and went from being a person who couldn't walk a block to a person who ran a marathon at the age of 58," said Quivers, who ran the NYC Marathon in 2010. "I don't think I could have ran a marathon at 20.
"If you want your body to work the way it's supposed to, you need to give it the nutrients it needs. The solution isn't in a pill; it's in what you eat."