For Good Morning America host Amy Robach, the journey through breast cancer hasn’t been easy. However, she has shown that with the right attitude, one can beat the odds and live a happy life.
Double mastectomy survivor and Good Morning America host Amy Robach is now completely cancer free and has penned a book that reveals about her fight against breast cancer. Titled Better, the book discusses her entire journey and the triumphant end in which she managed to beat cancer.
Needless to say, Robach is a well-known public figure and the way she realized she had breast cancer was one of her most traumatizing moments, she said in a recent, candid interview.
“It was the worst possible moment of my life. It was the most scared I have ever been in my life.”
In order to rally support for Breast Cancer Awareness month, Robach agreed to have her mammogram take place live on the Good Morning America show in October of 2013. She was convinced to do so by her friend and cancer survivor, Robin Roberts. Confident it wouldn’t hurt to be subjected to tests on live television, and that the display would likely help get the country more interested in breast cancer, Robach agreed. Little did she realize, she already had breast cancer.
“The whole time I was sitting there contemplating not having that mammogram, I had two malignant tumors in me and the cancer had already spread to my lymph nodes.”
Then began Amy Robach’s real fight, and it hasn’t been easy. Robach underwent a double mastectomy and eight rounds of chemotherapy. Meanwhile, she did not stop appearing on Good Morning America and helped raise awareness about the disease.
The 42-year-old anchor has two daughters, Annie and Ava, with ex-husband Tim McIntosh, and a stepson, Nathaniel, with current husband Andrew Shue and she has always been there to raise her children, reports MSN.
In her book, Amy Robach speaks openly and tackles quite a few real world problems that breast cancer victims go through. The complex situation of explaining what has happened to her and letting the kids know in the gentlest way possible, plus seeking ways to cope with the realization that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and then rearranging her entire life that she has worked painstakingly hard to build are just some of the topics Robach handles in the book, reports People.
“We were learning how to live with each other and raise kids together.”
One of the hardest things for married women, besides going through breast cancer treatments, is the changes that have to be made, she added.
“This was not something I would wish on anyone’s marriage, but I think it was especially hard on a newer marriage. All of a sudden I felt like I needed him in a very needy way, and that’s not my personality. When I had my crisis I completely crumbled. It threw everything up in the air. It was rough for several months.”
Amy Robach was married to her current husband, Andrew Shue, for all of three years before the devastating news hit them. Despite a tough few initial months after the diagnosis that tested their love and commitment, Robach said her marriage hadn’t ever been stronger.
“We knew what we had when we found each other, and we knew that if we could just get back to what our connection was about and just be honest about the fears, then we could get through it.”
After three intense years, Amy Robach confirmed that she is completely cancer-free and she and her husband are the “best they have ever been.”
Today is my final round of chemotherapy.I wanted to share this moment with you to encourage anyone facing this battle pic.twitter.com/8wCmOcP9xP
— Amy Robach (@arobach) April 24, 2014
While the efficacy of mastectomy is still being debated, Amy Robach’s survival story is certainly an inspiration.
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