Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Sandra Lee on Oct. 28,...

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Sandra Lee on Oct. 28, 2014. Credit: AP / Charles Sykes

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.

An update after surgery was planned.

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."

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.

"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."

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