Last year, Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts announced on air she had M-D-S.
Today, another anchor on that show made a similar announcement.
After getting a mammogram on live T-V last month, Amy Robach shared her results with the world.
It was just six weeks ago that "pink" took over GMA - I had no idea then, of course, how quickly my life was about to change..
Robin Roberts, "we have made a commitment, a real commitment to bring you
what you need to know to be healthy and informed"
We were kicking off breast cancer awareness month .with real survivors and
celebrities alike. I want to say I was happy to do my part - but honestly? I was a little
reluctant at first, Robin, "we're hearing the word stronger, and you are being so strong
today amy Robach."
I had been asked if I'd get a mammogram on air - to demystify it for women
who might be nervous.
Robin, "you're gonna live, have a mammogram, you've never had that
Amy. "I'm 40. I'm the age and I have been putting it off. The truth is - I had been putting this off for a *year*. Between flying all over the country for work and running around with my kids to school and ballet and gymnastics like so many women -- i just kept pushing it off. till now."
That morning, I did a tape piece explaining why I had agreed: I started thinking wow, if i've put it off, how many other people have put it off as well. I went in to see robin and she said you know what Amy,
if one life is saved because of early detection, its all worth it"
Robin, "Amy Robach. she's one of the news staffers having a mammogram right here. This is called a mammovan"
Inside that van, I was pretty calm and there really wasn't anything to be scared of - it was over in a few minutes and then my smiling friends were waiting for me.
Amy, " it hurt so much less than I thought it was going to hurt. I was like nothing"
Robin, "I gotta tell you, she was so nervous this morning. she is so happy right now. I can just see the relief in your eyes."...... and that was it.......or so I thought.
Because a short time later I was asked to come back for more scans. Then last week -- a tornado of tests - doctors move quickly when they're concerned and finally - the diagnosis that's still hard for me to say out loud. I have breast cancer.
I know that I have a fight ahead of me - but I also know that I have a lot worth fighting for and I'm so grateful that I got that mammogram that day at GMA.
Robin's words still echoing inside of me, if I got the mammogram on air and it saved one life then it's all worth it, she had said it never occurred to me that life would be mine.
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