October 11th, 2013
10:29 AM ET

Robin Quivers: "Eating Vegetables Saved My Life"

Robin Quivers is a survivor.

The longtime co-host of "The Howard Stern Show" has battled cancer and credits eating healthy, in part, for her victory. But her decision to be healthy came long before her larger struggle.

"I had changed my diet in 2007 because I was having some other health issues," she says.

The radio personality says she became vegan and started to be an active person.

Quivers says, "I changed the way I ate and I went from being a person who couldn't walk a block to a person who ran a marathon at the age of 58. I don't think I could have ran a marathon at twenty."

But then doctors discovered the 'grapefruit sized tumor' in her pelvis leaning on her bladder and preventing her from passing water.

As Quivers went into twelve hours of surgery to remove the tumor, she says her initial doctors didn't know if they would find that the cancer had spread. She credits her show partner Howard Stern for encouraging her to find the best specialists and keep a positive attitude about recovery.

"The moment he heard I had a problem he said 'Robin, what are we gonna do?' He was there for me at the end of every appointment. He said, we're going to get you the best doctors, the best advice, the best advisers, and he did everything for me."

Her doctors pronounced her cancer free several months ago and the bubbly woman says although she believed the changes she had made would protect her from cancer,  she was able to survive because of her new lifestyle.

"We don't know why these things happen and we don't know where they come from and we don't know how long it was there, so you gotta get over that right away," she says. "All those things I had done to change my life, helped me to survive this and to reach the level of being cancer free."

Now she's releasing a new book to encourage others to eat more vegetables.

In "The Vegucation of Robin," Quivers recommends eating fresher, eating greener, and cooking food for yourself.

She says, "We can do things to make food more convenient and cooking vegetables is really quick, it doesn't take a long time."

With a big smile on her face, Quivers says she isn't trying to convert the masses to become vegan. She wants her audience to evaluate their lives and determine how they can live healthier and longer.

She recommends, "Look at your situation, are things the way that you want them to be? Do you feel as good as you can? Are you enjoying life the way that you should and getting out of it what you want? And if those things aren't happening for you, maybe you ought to look at what you're doing and what you're taking into your body."

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  1. Karen

    Robin, I know you have been through a lot and you keep saying you eat only vegetables. But why are you so overweight if you are a vegan?

    December 13, 2013 at 11:20 pm | Reply
  2. Theresá Bostic

    After watching Robin Quivers on Racheal RayShow. I realize i can eat healthy and look as beautiful as she is.

    October 29, 2013 at 11:08 am | Reply
  3. Anita Nesler

    I have been checking book stores in the Sacramento, CA area for Robin's book The Vegucation of Robin and can not find it. Any ideas in this area where the book might be? Since I have been battlling cancer for the last 3 years I want tl stay healthy also

    October 15, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Reply
    • Bill Schaefer

      I found it on Amazon for $21.00. That may be a best last resort if you don't find it locally.

      October 16, 2013 at 10:00 am | Reply

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