Posted: 3:12 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 2013
Good Morning America correspondent Amy Robach got her first mammogram in October live on the air to highlight the importance of the test in detection of breast cancer as part of breast cancer awareness month.
But the 40-year-old was shocked when the results came back later that month that she actually had breast cancer. She then underwent a double mastectomy earlier this month to treat the disease.
She started by saying “it may be cold and gloomy outside today but it is warm and sunny in my world.”
She continued “physically and emotionally I have been through the ringer, but I am emerging on the other side so much stronger. I have a greater appreciation for life, for health and for how such simple acts of kindness can be so incredibly powerful. I am looking through a different lens now…and I am thankful for that as well. There was my life before October 30th and now my life after.”
She then revealed that during surgery, the doctors found her cancer had spread, “while in surgery last week my surgeon found a second, undetected malignant tumor. My cancer had spread to my sentinel lymph node, but not beyond, so I will have more treatments ahead of me.”
But Amy’s prognosis is good and she told colleagues she plans to return to work in early December.
You can read Amy’s full letter here.