Samantha Harris Is 'Elated' to Be Cancer-Free

Difficult doesn’t begin to describe the past six months for Samantha Harris.

But now that she is officially cancer free, she can get back to work – for herself, and for others.

Inside Samantha Harris's Daughter Josselyn's Birthday Bash

After the party, Harris opened up to PEOPLE about the celebration, her family and her good news!

Samantha Harris May Need Chemo After Cancer Spreads

Behind the smile on Samantha Harris’s face following her double mastectomy was a somewhat different story: Doctors had delivered unsettling news.

“When I came to in recovery, my surgeon was standing over me with a look of sadness and told me that he had to take out all of my lymph nodes,” Harris, who underwent surgery in late May after being diagnosed with breast cancer, tells PEOPLE.

Samantha Harris Undergoes Double Mastectomy

Samantha Harris has made it through surgery.

The former Dancing with the Stars co-host Tweeted to her fans Tuesday to let them know she’s safe after undergoing a double mastectomy for breast cancer.

Harris, 40, even lightheartedly referred to the surgical lines on her chest as “art.”

Samantha Harris: How I Plan to Tell My Daughters I Have Cancer

When former Dancing with the Stars co-host Samantha Harris revealed to PEOPLE that she will undergo surgery for a double mastectomy to treat breast cancer later this month, one of the things she struggled with most was how she would reveal the news to her two daughters.

Samantha Harris Diagnosed with Breast Cancer; Will Undergo Double Mastectomy

Samantha Harris reveals that later this month she will undergo surgery for a double mastectomy to treat breast cancer.

In a routine self-examination last fall, Harris, 40, detected a lump in her right breast. She had a clean mammogram shortly before but something still didn’t feel right, so she saw a breast cancer specialist months later.

A needle biopsy and later lumpectomy led to a diagnosis that Harris did not expect: breast cancer.

“It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest,” the former Dancing with the Stars co-host says of the news.

Samantha Harris: Why I Write Journals for My Daughters

“My goal is to keep those going until they turn 18 and - when each of them have their 18th birthday - present it to them,” she says.

Samantha Harris Welcomes a Daughter

And the delivery surprise is … a girl!

Samantha Harris welcomed her second daughter, Hillary Madison Hess, on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 11:04 p.m. The baby girl, who joins big sister Josselyn Sydney, 3, weighed in 7 lbs., 11 oz. and is 20.5 inches long.

Samantha Harris Expecting Baby No. 2

She’s usually the one delivering the news but Samantha Harris has her own big announcement: She’s pregnant.

“Being able to hold and cuddle and have a little baby cuddle against you and fall asleep is such a fleeting moment in time, and I really can’t wait for that again,” the Entertainment Tonight correspondent, 36, tells PEOPLE.

This will be the second child for the former Dancing with the Stars co-host and husband Michael Hess.

Carrie Ann Inaba 'Shocked and Sad' about Samantha Harris Leaving

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