Brooke Burke-Charvet: "I'm feeling really healthy"
Brooke Burke-Charvet surprises a deserving Los Angeles resident with a hand delivered Kleenex brand Care Pack on Jan. 23, 2013, during what is considered the worst cold and flu season in recent years. / Michael Simon
Brooke Burke-Charvet says she's feeling great after her recent thyroid cancer surgery.
So much so she's already back to working out and is gearing up for another season of "Dancing with the Stars." And she's ready to help others, especially as flu season kicks into high gear. The host surprised a fan in Los Angeles Wednesday morning with a care package from Kleenex as part of the brand's Softness Worth Sharing initiative where loved ones can be nominated to win a care pack and a surprise celebrity visit.
"I knocked on the door at 8 a.m. in Malibu for a gentleman whose fiance submitted him in the sweepstakes," Burke-Charvet told CBSNews.com. "He was surprised, a little startled. I showed up unannounced and we had camera and lights -- the whole deal. His fiance was there and was so happy that he won. He was under the weather and hopefully it will help him feel better.
In the care pack? Tissues, of course, sanitizer and a blanket.
"It's not just about the products," she said. "It's really about being thoughtful and sending the gift of TLC, which I think makes a huge difference when you're sick."
"It's a very sweet, little must-have care package for recovery," added Burke, who's been tending to her own kids -- two of whom have been under the weather. "I have one home sick now, and one was home last week."
"I try to open up all the doors when they're in school and air out the house and do extra laundry," Burke-Charvet said. "I make a lot of soup. I encourage them to drink a lot of water, wash their hands constantly, which is what I do. Take Vitamin C...I teach them how to sneeze properly. "
The 41-year-old TV host and mother-of-four recently overcame her own share of health issues. A thyroid cancer scare led her to get thyroidectomy, leaving her with a scar on her neck. But things are going really well.
"I feel great. I'm pretty much fully recovered," she said. "I'll do some follow-ups probably for the rest of my life. Surgery went as well as could have been expected, or as well as I should have hoped for. I feel really blessed and grateful for all the support I've had from everyone. And it's over. They were able to get everything. I'm feeling really healthy."
Burke-Charvet, who recently co-hosted the Miss America pageant, chose to chronicle her health situation on a blog -- and says she's happy she did. It's another way she hopes to help others.
"I discovered it through a routine physical and I think that's such an important message for people to get regular check-ups," she said. "It's so important to follow up and be responsible -- everybody young and old."
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