Amy Robach, the ABC correspondent who was diagnosed with breast cancer after having a mammogram for Good Morning America in October, will return to work while undergoing chemotherapy treatment following her double mastectomy.
Robach’s case has brought national attention to the deadly disease and the importance of prevention with annual mammograms and other methods.
On Thursday morning, Amy Robach returned to GMA after her surgery, to talk about how things are going and her rollercoaster ride since finding out she had a tumor in her breast.
A reluctant Robach agreed to have the mammogram on air for the October Pink Initiative, after initially refusing to do so, for breast cancer awareness month.
After the mammogram, Amy Roach was diagnosed with breast cancer and decided to have a double mastectomy.
“Three weeks ago, I was in an operating room, and physically, I feel remarkably well. Mentally, it’s another challenge, because that was phase one,” she said Thursday, while talking to by her GMA colleagues Josh Elliott, George Stephanopoulos, and Robin Roberts.
Amy Robach talked about staying positive in the wake of the devastating diagnosis and surgery.
“You keep your head together, you come into work, you hug your friends, and you’re thankful to be where you are with your family and the people who matter.” she said.
Roberts, who is a breast cancer and myelodisplastic syndrome survivor, asked Amy Robach what the next steps in her treatment are.
The ABC correspondent said she is starting chemotherapy on December 16 and plans to return to work while undergoing her treatment.
The Inquisitr reported that during Amy Robach’s double mastectomy doctors discovered she also had a tumor on her other breast and the disease had spread to her lymph nodes.
“I made the choice to have the double mastectomy.(…)For me, it felt like the right choice, and it turned out to be the right choice.”
As to working through her battle against breast cancer Amy Robach said, “I saw Robin do it. I know how strong you were and you give me strength.”
During Thanksgiving dinner with her family Amy Robach was especially thankful this year:
“I uttered words I never thought that I’d utter. I said I’m thankful to be alive,” she said. “And it’s good to know that you get to be thankful to be alive. It’s a reminder to all of us that you never know what’s around the corner.”
Amy Robach is 40-years-old and is married to actor Andrew Shue. She has two children from a previous marriage.