At the tail end of KTVT/Channel 11’s 10 p.m. Friday newscast leading into the holiday weekend, anchor Doug Dunbar offered a “big brother hug” to his co-anchor, Kaley O’Kelley, who will be off the air for a while.
O’Kelley and Dunbar offered a deeper explanation of this in a “family chat” on Facebook Live: “In our business ... people notice when we’re gone,” Dunbar said. “If you take any more than a week off — and people like you, hopefully — we get emails that say, ‘Oh my God, did they fire Doug or Kaley?’ ”
Dunbar then added that O’Kelley is about to take an extended period off, but the decision is hers.
O’Kelley then referred to a cancer scare she had in late 2015, when doctors found a cancerous ovarian cyst and removed one ovary and both fallopian tubes.
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One of the first symptons O’Kelley had in 2015 was lower back pain; recently, she began feeling it again, but on a different side of her body. She went to a chiropractor, but the pain wouldn’t go away.
After some ultrasounds and the discovery of some fibroids, the pain subsided. But just before the holidays, she says in the Facebook Live, it returned and was excruciating. At first, her doctor thought it was a kidney infection. But ultrasounds and blood tests revealed some polyps and “genuine concerns,” so she was ordered to have a hysterectomy and partial ovarectomy.
O’Kelley says in the video that she expects to be out four to six weeks while she’s recovering from the procedure. O’Kelley has two children.
The bulk of the second half of the Facebook Live consists of O’Kelley and Dunbar reading encouraging notes from viewers, some of whom have had similar procedures, and joking around with each other. She says the procedure will take place Wednesday; Gilma Avalos has already started handling the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. co-anchor duties. Dunbar says he will post updates on O’Kelley on his Twitter and Facebook pages.
“Listen to your body,” O’Kelley says in the video. “If you think something’s goin’ on, go get checked.”