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Michael Strahan’s daughter, Isabella, is battling a malignant brain tumor known as medulloblastoma. An MRI scan led to the diagnosis in October 2023.

Medulloblastoma is a cancerous and fast-growing brain tumor that develops in the cerebellum, the back of the brain where movement and coordination are controlled.

The father and daughter pair revealed the emotional news during a “Good Morning America” segment with Robin Roberts on Thursday.

“Today my daughter @IsabellaStrahan joined @RobinRoberts and myself for an interview about the journey she has been going through on @GMA,” he wrote via Instagram. “I love you Isabella and I’m always by your side. To all sending love, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!”

“GMA” co-anchor Michael Strahan and his daughter Isabella with Robin Roberts. Heidi Gutman/ABC
An MRI scan led to Isabella’s diagnosis in October 2023. Heidi Gutman/ABC

During the sit-down, the University of Southern California freshman revealed that she’s dealt with dizziness and it has been “two months of keeping it quiet, which has been difficult.”

Isabella noted that she doesn’t want to “hide” her journey. She underwent brain surgery in late October, followed by rehabilitation and six weeks of radiation treatment. In February, she will begin chemotherapy at Duke University, where her twin sister Sophia attends.

“I’m feeling good, not to bad. I’m very excited for this whole process to wrap but you just have to keep living every day through the whole thing,” she explained.

Isabella Strahan on her YouTube series documenting her cancer journey. Isabella Strahan/YouTube

The model, who recently launched a campaign with Sephora, is creating a YouTube series to document her experience, in partnership with Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center.

“With my platform, I hope to just kind of be a voice and be a person who people who maybe are going through something similar, going through chemotherapy or radiation, can look at and just hear and just watch, or find something interesting about their day,” she said. “I’m just excited for that.”

Strahan, for his part, wasn’t sure at first if Isabella wanted to share her story.

“This is something that is so personal,” he told Roberts, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. “But her idea was, ‘I want to share it and I want to help other people,’ and that goes into the spirit of who she’s always been.”

Isabella noted that she doesn’t want to “hide” her journey. Isabella Strahan/YouTube
“I’m very excited for this whole process to wrap.” Isabella Strahan/YouTube

At one point when Isabella began to get emotional, her dad said: “You’re allowed to cry.”

“I know she’s going through it, but I know that we’re never given more than we can handle,” he went on. “She is going to crush this.”

“I know this has been tough, but you keep living Isabella,” he added. “We love you. We’re here for you and you got this.”

Michael Strahan and daughters Sophia and Isabella attend Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports on July 11, 2019. Getty Images
Isabella Strahan/YouTube

The former athlete watched back the pre-recorded interview with Roberts, and further opened up about the health scare in the ABC studio on Thursday.

“It’s hard for me to even watch that. You hope your kids will never experience any kind of pain,” he said. “We are there to make sure she has the love and support that she needs. … I am thankful that you allowed her to share her story. … [Robin] I appreciate you for making her feel comfortable.”

The health news comes after Strahan was mysteriously absent from “GMA” for three weeks for “personal family matters.” He made his return on Nov. 15, but never explained his hiatus at the time.




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