Good Morning America‘s correspondent Amy Robach has revealed she will have a double mastectomy this week, a month after undergoing a mammogram on the show.
Amy Robach, 40, discovered she had breast cancer after reluctantly agreeing to have a screening filmed for the ABC show.
She said GMA anchor Robin Roberts had persuaded her that if the story saved one life, it would be worth it.
“It never occurred to me that life would be mine,” said Amy Robach.
Producers chose Amy Robach to cover the mammogram story because it is recommended that women at the age of 40 regularly check for breast cancer.
During Monday’s programme, and in a blog post following the show, Amy Robach said doctors had not yet determined what stage the cancer had progressed to, or whether it had spread.
The original story, which was part of the GMA Goes Pink breast cancer awareness day, featured Amy Robach emerging from her on-air mammogram, before telling colleagues that it hurt much less than she thought it would.
A few weeks later she was told she had cancer, after returning for what she thought would be some follow-up images.
Amy Robach said that her husband, actor Andrew Shue, had returned from his work trip that night and her parents had also caught a flight to New York to join her.
“We started gearing up for a fight,” she said, as she revealed that she would have both breasts removed this Thursday, followed by reconstructive surgery.
Amy Robach joined ABC in 2012 from NBC, where she was a Weekend Today host.
She frequently filled in as a presenter on ABC’s top-rated morning show GMA, while host Robin Roberts was fighting a serious blood and bone marrow disease.
Amy Robach said that with a full-time job and two children she had always found reasons to put off having a mammogram herself.
However, a doctor told her that the test had saved her life.
“I can only hope my story will inspire every woman who hears it to get a mammogram, to take a self-exam,” said Amy Robach.
“No excuses. It is the difference between life and death.”
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Anastacia has revealed she has undergone a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time.
She told fans she was “in the final stages of recovery” following the procedure and “ready to start the next chapter”.
Anastacia, 45, cancelled her European tour in February after the second diagnosis.
She made a full recovery in 2003 after being treated with surgery and radiotherapy.
Anastacia, famous for her hit single, I’m Outta Love, cancelled 13 dates in April across Europe to promote her latest album It’s A Man’s World.
“In light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month I wanted to take the opportunity to support a cause particularly close to my heart,” she said.
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time earlier this year and am currently in the final stages of recovery after undergoing a double mastectomy.
“It has been an intense journey but I am feeling great and ready to start the next chapter.
“Breast Cancer Awareness Month gives all who are facing this disease a chance to gain strength and support from each other.
“Early detection has saved my life twice. I will continue to battle and lend my voice in any way I can,” she added.
Angelina Jolie revealed earlier this year that she had undergone a preventative double mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer.
Sharon Osbourne also revealed in November that she had undergone a double mastectomy.
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Brad Pitt has revealed he felt he was wasting his life on drugs while he was married to Jennifer Aniston.
In yet another blow to his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt makes it clear that before he met Angelina Jolie on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2004, his life had little meaning.
Brad Pitt, 49, who has previously admitted to ma*****na use, was married to Friends star Jennifer Aniston for seven years until 2005.
In an interview with the new issue of Esquire magazine, brad Pitt says: “For a long time I thought I did too much damage – drug damage. I was a bit of a drifter. A guy who felt he grew up in something of a vacuum and wanted to see things, wanted to be inspired. I followed that other thing. I spent years f***ing off.
“But then I got burnt out and felt that I was wasting my opportunity. It was a conscious change. This was about a decade ago. It was an epiphany.”
Brad Pitt also spoke about his decision to shrink his circle of friends he could spend as much time as possible with Angelina Jolie and their six children – Maddox, 11, Pax, 9, Zahara, 8, Shiloh, 6, and 4-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne – and he has never been happier.
The actor admitted: “I have very few friends. I have a handful of close friends and I have my family and I haven’t known life to be any happier.
“I’m making things. I just haven’t known life to be any happier.”
Brad Pitt fully supported Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a double mastectomy in February after learning she had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer because she carries the BRCA1 gene mutation.
Angelina Jolie, 37, went ahead with the operation so she can be around for her kids and Brad Pitt insists they can be no better motivation as the couple love the ‘chaos’ of their big household and the bond they all share.
He explained: “I always thought that if I wanted to do a family, I wanted to do it big. I wanted there to be chaos in the house … there’s constant chatter in our house, whether it’s giggling or screaming or crying or banging.
“I love it. I love it. I love it. I hate it when they’re gone. I hate it. Maybe it’s nice to be in a hotel room for a day – <<Oh, nice, I can finally read a paper>>. But then, by the next day, I miss that cacophony, all that life.”
Brad Pitt graces the cover of the publication, and can be seen looking as hunky as ever in a black top and wrinkled jeans, with aviator sunglasses covering his face.
His trademark long golden hair flops around his shoulder as he casually grips a camera in one hand.
Brad Pitt praised Angelina Jolie as “heroic” after she published a piece in the New York Times revealing she had undergone the double mastectomy on Tuesday.
“We set up our own little post-op recovery that became pretty fun. You make an adventure out of it,” Brad Pitt later told USA Today.
“I’m quite emotional about it, of course,” the actor said.
“She could have stayed absolutely private about it and I don’t think anyone would have been none the wiser with such good results.
“But it was really important to her to share the story and that others would understand it doesn’t have to be a scary thing. In fact, it can be an
empowering thing, and something that makes you stronger and us stronger.”
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Giuliana and Bill Rancic have revealed they are thinking about having another baby.
“We’d only be so lucky,” Giuliana Rancic told the Chicago Sun-Times Sunday magazine SPLASH when they asked her if she wanted to add another little one to her clan.
Giuliana and Bill Rancic’s son Edward Duke was born via gestational surrogate seven months after Giuliana struggled with infertility and then discovered she had breast cancer which was stopped in its tracked by her undergoing a double mastectomy.
The next series of Giuliana & Bill will premiere in June, can expect to see “a ton of baby Duke,” she revealed.
Giuliana Rancic is relishing every precious moment of motherhood taking regularly to Twitter to share pictures of Edward Duke.
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Giuliana Rancic has some good news to share after she battled breast cancer, revealing she is expecting a baby.
Giuliana Rancic, 37, and husband Bill are excitedly awaiting the birth of their first child through a gestational surrogate.
Their baby news comes just a week after she admitted they were considering adoption after years of struggling to conceive.
Appearing on the Today show this morning, an ecstatic Giuliana Rancic said: “We are so thrilled that our prayers have been answered.
“It was one of the best moments of my life, if not the best moment of my life.
“It’s incredible. We’ve been trying for so long, we’ve been through so much…And to finally get that call from the doctor, it was just another world, another level.”
Bill Rancic, 40, added: “We are absolutely ecstatic to be sharing this with everyone who has been following our journey.”
The unnamed surrogate mother is due to give birth in late summer, with the both of the Rancics being the genetic parents.
Giuliana Rancic already said they know the sex of the child, but were going to try and keep it secret from the media.
The E! News host admitted: “But we’re seeing how long we can keep it secret.”
The mother lives out of California – where they are based – and the Rancics visit her every month and join her for hospital appointments.
Following their TV announcement, Bill Rancic wrote on Twitter: “The Rancic family is growing….thank you for all the prayers & support!!!”
Their wish to have children contributed to Giuliana Rancic’s decision to have a double mastectomy last December following her breast cancer diagnosis.
The couple were concerned that the medication and treatments following a lumpectomy and radiation therapy would have further delayed their hopes for parenthood.
Two years ago, Giuliana Rancic suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage.
At the time, she said: “I said, <<I’m not doing this again. I can’t>>. I was angry at life and at God.”
But the couple went on to try in-vitro fertilization, before that was halted following her diagnosis.
Giuliana Rancic is the latest in a list of celebrities to use a surrogate to become a parent.
Ricky Martin has three-year-old sons Matteo and Valentino via a surrogate, while Sir Elton John and civil partner David Furnish welcomed baby Zachary together in December 2010.
Sarah Jessica Parker’s twin daughters Tabitha and Marion were born via surrogate in 2009, as was Nicole Kidman’s youngest daughter Faith in December 2010.
Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks recently admitted a “womb issue” stopped her from getting pregnant when she explained her reason to use a surrogate to bring her son Max into the world last year.
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In an interview with this month’s Glamour, Giuliana Rancic says her cancer battle has not changed her as a person.
E! News host Giuliana Rancic, 37, revealed her love of fashion and celebrity gossip is still what makes her tick.
However, she adds she is grateful for her celebrity platform, which enables he to spread awareness about her illness.
Giuliana Rancic returned to her presenting duties two weeks after her double mastectomy operation – and says she was keen to get back to normal life.
During the worst part of her illness, Giuliana Rancic said she thought she may lose the passion for her job as her perspective on life might change.
“I’ll be totally honest. While I was recovering, I was thinking, I’m really going to be asking people what they’re wearing? I didn’t know if I could find the joy in it again. But it didn’t take long.”
Recalling her first day back at the studio, Giuliana Rancic said: “It was like, <<Hey, guys, cut the bulls***>>. I’m the exact same person I was before.
“I’m still shallow, I still love clothes, I still want to talk fashion, I still want to gossip, so lay it on me. They were like, <<Thank God>>.”
Despite her brave face in the wake of her surgery, Giuliana Rancic – who is also a panellist on Fashion Police – admitted she struggled to look at herself in the mirror.
Talking about her self-image, Giuliana Rancic said: “At first I didn’t want to look in the mirror, because I felt like, I’m getting better every day and this is about my health, so I shouldn’t get bogged down by what I see in the mirror.
“I knew I wasn’t going to look like a bikini model, so why look? Why even put the image in my head?”
Giuliana Rancic’s husband Bill, 40, also opened up about how he coped with his wife’s illness, revealing he felt helpless at times.
Bill Rancic said: “As a husband and as a man, you wish you could trade places with your wife, but you can’t, and it sucks. I of course had my moments.”
He went on: “But you know, you’ve got to be strong; I would never break down in front of her. I wasn’t curled up in a fetal position in the shower, but there were moments when it was like, <<It’s not fair. Why does she have to go through this?>> There was anger.”
Giuliana Rancic now says she is grateful to have the platform she does to talk about breast cancer and spread awareness.
She said: “We’ve been given this incredible platform, and we think it was for a reason. I truly believe that. When I got my job at E!, I was the thirty-ninth person who auditioned.
“I wasn’t the prettiest, I wasn’t the smartest, I wasn’t the most talented. And I always wondered why I got the job. Now I think God knew I wouldn’t be a selfish little cow with this platform, and I’d actually try to do something good with it.”