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ALBANY - Food TV star Sandra Lee went into surgery Tuesday afternoon as she fought a severe complication from her mastectomy in May, her spokeswoman said.

Her longtime boyfriend, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, was at her side dressed in turquoise scrubs and a white surgical mask. He held her hand, as she walked into the operating area for treatment of an infection that hospitalized her one week ago, the spokeswoman said.

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An update after surgery was planned.

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An hour before she faced the surgery, Lee posted a Facebook message that quoted the 1972 pop hit by Argent as "a song I listen to when the chips are down or when something is really, really wrong.

"It picks me up and then reminds me who I am and where
I came from -- it also just helps me keep it together and shake off any unnecessary noise going on in my life," she stated.

The lyrics of the song she posted includes: "If it's bad, don't let it get you down, you can take it; and if it hurts, don't let them see you cry, you can make it. Hold your head up, woman."

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She reached out to fans going through a hard time and closed,

"This one's for you! I will see you on the other side."

On Monday, Lee said she required surgery to combat "an incredible monster" of an infection stemming from her May 19 double mastectomy.

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"I am a long way from where I was and a long way from where I need to be," she wrote Monday, "but at this point I understand that right now I just need to complete this unexpected phase of a tough journey."