Journalist and national security correspondent for Fox News Jennifer Griffin has been married to fellow journalist Greg Myre for 25 years and is the devoted mother to three children.
Becoming a mother for the first time can be nerve-wracking at the best of times, and in ideal conditions, but journalist Jennifer Griffin embarked on that adventure in the middle of the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict in 1999.
Griffin and her husband fellow journalist Greg Myre were stationed in Israel as correspondents, and when they had first arrived, Griffin and Myre had been stuck by the apparent tranquility of the country and decided to start a family.
Griffin and Myre had faced the dangers of stray bullets, bombs, and deadly gas every day for years in conflict zones around the Middle East, only to find that a silent and terrible enemy had sneaked in
Jennifer Griffin at the Rock The Boat Fleet Week Kickoff Concert in 2015 in New York City | Source: Getty Images
MOTHERHOOD IN TIME OF WAR
Then the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict erupted once again, and for the next 8 years, Myre and Griffin were reporting on the street violence and the horrific suicide bombings.
But in September 2000 when the Intifada began, Griffin was pregnant with their first child and suffering from bouts of morning sickness. When her labor began, Griffin went to the hospital, where a sign instructed visitors to hand over their weapons before entering the premises. It was here that their oldest daughter Annalise was born.
WELCOMING BABY #2
In December 2002, Griffin was back at the hospital, in the maternity ward, delivering baby #2, another girl, named Amelia. The authorities feared that Saddam Hussein might attack with Scud missiles, and the new mom was horrified to be issued a gas mask tent for the baby. Griffin admitted that balancing motherhood with being a war correspondent was tricky, and she often packed a breast pump with a bulletproof vest.
Myre and Griffin's youngest and third child Luke is now 10, and the family is back in the United States and living a more "normal" life, which includes Griffin being a soccer mom. Annalise is now 19, and Amelia is 17, and young women with a passion for the written word. They grew up around journalists, and have indicated that they intend to follow in their parent's footsteps.
In 2010, shortly after Luke's birth, Griffin found herself facing another war. She was diagnosed with Stage 3 triple-negative breast cancer. Griffin had discovered her cancer while breastfeeding the 6-month-old Luke. The lump she had thought was mastitis turned out to be an 8-cm tumor. Immediately after diagnosis, she started on an aggressive round of chemotherapy treatments, which resulted in the loss of her hair, eyebrows, and fingernails.
In order to prevent the reoccurrence of the deadly disease, Griffin decided to have a double mastectomy rather than the less radical lumpectomy. The double mastectomy makes it less likely that cancer will reoccur, and so far, 10 years on, Griffin is still cancer-free. Her life is focused on enjoying every minute of her time with her three children and with her husband.
The cancer, she admits, forced her to reevaluate her priorities, and to realize just how precious each moment can be. Like so many women faced with breast cancer, Griffin has had to reinvent herself, as a woman, and credits her success to her husband's unwavering, and unconditional support. Myre admitted that he was horrified when Griffin was diagnosed and that his greatest fear was having to face the future without her.
Griffin and Myre had faced the dangers of stray bullets, bombs, and deadly gas every day for years in conflict zones around the Middle East, only to find that a silent and terrible enemy had sneaked into their lives. But thanks to her doctors, and her own fierce determination to survive, Griffin beat the Stage 3 triple-negative breast cancer.
Myre and Griffin have now been married for 25 years, and their three "babies" are growing up fast. The couple is on their way to becoming empty nesters. Annalise is in college, Amelia is a high school senior, and their youngest, Luke, will be entering middle school soon. For Griffin, her family is her greatest achievement, her own personal victory in a time of war.
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