In April 2022, Clea Shearer took to Instagram to reveal that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. “It’s hard to say, but it’s easier than keeping it to myself,” Shearer claimed, confirming that she was having a double mastectomy the next day. The reality TV star found a lump in her breast in February but was put on a months-long waiting list for a mammogram. After taking matters into her own hands, Shearer acquired one from her local GP, followed by an ultrasound and an “emergency triple biopsy”, to combat a few “aggressive and rapidly growing tumours”. Acknowledging how lucky she was to have caught it early, Shearer wrote: “If I can convince any of you to self-examine regularly, always stand up for yourself and prioritize to his health in relation to his busy schedules – then it will have meant something.”
In an interview with People, the “Home Edit” star admitted that she was initially unsure if she felt a lump in her chest. But given her recent birthday (she just turned 40!), the Netflix star admitted that prevention is better than cure. The whole thing is surreal, since there is no history of breast cancer in her family. Naturally, Shearer was mostly worried about telling her kids — but as she told People, she’s grateful to have a great support system around her, including co-star Joanna Teplin. “I’m a fighter. If anyone can crush cancer, it’s me,” the organizing expert claimed, per People.