Captain Sandy Yawn got a lot of good news this week, both in her personal and professional life. First, long-time Below Deck Mediterranean nemesis and uninspired chief stew Hannah Ferrier announced that she would not be returning to the series. Then, the Season 5 premiere brought in the highest viewing numbers for a premiere in Below Deck history. Maybe the first piece of news had something to do with the other.
But the best development of this first week in June is that Sandy’s love Leah Shafer is still cancer-free. After announcing her health struggles in September, Leah had gotten a lumpectomy in October to remove a high-risk growth. At the time Leah explained that, “this is what I have: LCIS lobular carcinoma rapid cell growth. So I chose lumpectomy To remove the area of disease/concerned area so it didn’t even have a chance to develop into anything more. LCIS is not considered breast cancer. But it can!! And quickly. It’s early signs of breast cancer.”
Leah’s diagnosis requires long-term vigilance. After another lump was recently discovered, Leah went in for a biopsy to check if the cyst was malignant. The results indicated no sign of cancer. Leah took to social media to share the good news and Sandy had many words of encouragement for her lady love.
Leah shared a Keep Calm meme on her Instagram earlier this week. The post said, “I can’t keep calm! I’m cancer free.” Below it, Leah explained the results of her biopsy. She said, “biopsy was worth it! Got results back today! Cancer free! Cyst was changing due to age and hormones!! praise God!!! I’ll get MRI in 6 months! Be proactive everyone!!! love you ALL.”
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Captain Sandy shared words of support in the post. “Thank you God! I love you so big time!” she wrote. Sandy also thanked her Twitter followers with a photo of the couple with their arms around each other. “TY for your good thoughts & positive vibes!” accompanied the picture.
Many fans and followers voiced their support for Leah’s continued good health.
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