Isabella Strahan, daughter of Michael Strahan, is currently undergoing treatment for medulloblastoma, a malignant tumor that affects the cerebellum located at the base of the skull. The college student and her father shared her health journey on a segment aired on Good Morning America.
Isabella received her diagnosis in late October and underwent emergency surgery at Cedars-Sinai on October 27, just a day before her 19th birthday, to remove the tumor. Despite the challenging circumstances, Isabella expressed optimism about her upcoming chemotherapy at Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center in Durham, North Carolina.
In an interview with Good Morning America, Isabella described her initial symptoms, including headaches and nausea, which she attributed to vertigo. However, the situation escalated on October 25 when she woke up vomiting blood, prompting her family to insist on immediate medical attention.
Michael Strahan, 52, shared his admiration for his daughter’s resilience and emphasized his belief that she will overcome this health challenge. Isabella, one of Michael’s four children, is joined by her twin sister Sophia, and they have the support of their father and the rest of the family.
Isabella recounted her experience, detailing the discovery of a fast-growing tumor in the back of her brain, measuring 4 centimeters—larger than a golf ball. Michael, upon receiving the news, rushed to Los Angeles to be with his daughter, temporarily stepping away from his duties at Good Morning America.
Following surgery, Isabella underwent radiation treatment and a month of rehabilitation, reaching a significant milestone when she rang the bell after completing 30 sessions. Throughout this ordeal, Sophia stood by her side, assisting Isabella in her recovery.
Looking ahead, Isabella plans to share her journey through a YouTube series to raise awareness and support for Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center. She aims to be a voice for those undergoing similar treatments, offering hope and inspiration.
Reflecting on the experience, Isabella emphasized the importance of perspective and gratitude, noting how the challenges have reshaped her outlook on life. Michael, too, acknowledged the transformative impact of this journey, highlighting the need for support and a shift in perspective on various aspects of life.