Actor Hill Harper had many inspirations for his three New York Times best selling books, Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister, and The Conversation. Still, when the CSI actor discovered he had thyroid cancer, he found the words to write his fourth and latest book The Wealth Cure: Putting Money In Its Place.
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An award-winning actor, nabbing three NAACP Image Awards for his role as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes in the CBS-TV drama CSI: NY, Hill Harper discussed how he found out and overcame this deadly disease.
“I woke up and just couldn’t swallow anything,” recalls the actor. “I just knew I didn’t have a cold or strep throat,” Hill says. “I called a friend who is a doctor in Atlanta and after examining me, he ordered an ultrasound and a biopsy that ultimately revealed I had thyroid cancer.”
Hill was told he needed to have his thyroid surgically removed, which meant taking a synthetic thyroid hormone for the rest of his life.
With two Harvard graduate degrees (in law and government), a successful acting career and four best-selling books to his name, Hill always knew he had a lot to be thankful for. Yet the 47-year-old actor admits that the diagnosis gave him a newfound appreciation for life.