January 30, 2004
United Press International
Meredith Vieira told Barbara Walters on ABC's "20/20" humor sustained her during her husband's health battles, the New York Post reported Friday.
"We just made jokes" to cope with diagnoses of colon cancer and multiple sclerosis, Vieira said during the interview with husband Richard Cohen, a former CBS news producer and writer, by her side. "It's what gets you through.
"I would kid him (saying) 'While you were in the hospital, I did purchase a black dress, just in case," Vieira said.
The "20/20" interview, which airs Friday, coincides with the publication of Cohen's book, "Blindsided," about his 30-year struggle with multiple sclerosis and how it has affected Vieira and their three children.
Although geneticists have told the couple that multiple sclerosis is not hereditary, Vieira said she still worries.
"As (the kids) get bigger, I can't help but (worry). If one of my kids stumbles, I think about it," she said. "And if something were to happen to one of the kids, I don't know how I would feel having, you know, given birth to them.
"How can you not?"
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