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.
Amy Robach has revealed she will have a double mastectomy this week, a month after undergoing a mammogram on the show
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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Good Morning America host Robin Roberts is recovering from a bone marrow transplant after battling a rare bone marrow disorder.
But that did not stop her from attending an intimate wedding for ABC News weatherman Sam Champion and his partner Rubem Robierb on Friday.
Two months after undergoing the operation, Robin Roberts was back on her feet at the ceremony, proudly showing off her shaved and looking radiant in a red sequinned dress.
The resilient GMA anchor, who is also a breast cancer survivor, shaved her head on television in 2007 and wore a wig on air afterwards.
According toPeople magazine, Robin Roberts cheered on Sam Champion and his partner of three years, a fine-arts photographer, as they said their vows at their Manhattan apartment at the end of the week.
The newswoman reportedly read a poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning during the ceremony.
Cancer survivor Robin Roberts attended an intimate wedding for ABC News weatherman Sam Champion and his partner Rubem Robierb on Friday
Sam Champion and Rubem Robierb, who met three years ago at a New Year’s Eve party in Miami, announced their engagement this past October.
Surrounded by a small group of family and friends, including Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott, New York State Supreme Court Justice George J. Silver conducted the 10-minute long ceremony.
A larger wedding party will reportedly take place in Miami on New Year’s Eve.
Robin Roberts announced in June that she had been diagnosed with MDS, or myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the blood and bone marrow once known as preleukemia.
The 52-year-old underwent a course of chemotherapy in advance of the transplant later this year in which her sister was the donor.
After undergoing a bone marrow transplant, Robin Roberts was discharged from the hospital a month later.
She was briefly re-admitted when her body was fighting a common infection, but was out of the hospital within a few days.
Although Robin Roberts has been on medical leave since September, she has continued to communicate with viewers through video messages on ABC News and through Twitter. The network also documented her journey for viewers to remain abreast of her recovery.
Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts underwent her bone marrow transplant yesterday, surrounded by her closest friends and family.
The procedure, which saw donor stem cells from her sister Sally Ann injected into her body, took just five minutes, after which the group broke into a rendition of Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.
Robin Roberts, 51, who was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS, earlier this year – a disease which attacks blood cells and bone – told GMA afterwards: “I will now wait and anxiously watch and see what happens.
“In the next seven to 10 days my counts will continue to go up and we’ll be on to phase three, which will be get out of here. Get out of here. Go home. It’s a journey.”
Robin Roberts underwent her bone marrow transplant yesterday, surrounded by her closest friends and family
The atmosphere beforehand was informal, with her sister by her side and a visit from her pastor to lead the group in prayer.
On arrival, surgeon Sergio Giralt was greeted with applause. He acknowledged the volume of people in the small room, joking: “What part of <<Let’s not have crowds did we not understand?>>”
ABC News co-workers Diane Sawyer and Sam Champion were among the intimate group present.
Sam Champion told GMA this morning: “It was emotional, scary but at the same time it was exhilarating. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the power and the love that was in that room.”
Though it is expected to be at least ten days before Robin Roberts starts to feel any improvement, her doctors say that she is in good spirits and recovering well.
Oncologist Dr. Gail Roboz revealed: “This morning [Robin] sounds energized and she wants to be out of bed and the end of the email was <<I want to go home>> with an exclamation point.”
The GMA host will be closely monitored by doctors over the next few days, as they wait to see if the new donor stem cells will take hold.
It is also crucial that they protect Robin Roberts from any possible germs or infection, as her immune system has been wiped out in preparation for the new cells, and she is vulnerable until they take hold.
Robin Roberts released a video to fans early yesterday morning, in which she thanked them for their love.
She looked frail in the film, most likely recorded the day prior, after eight days of intensive chemotherapy.
The treatment appeared to have taken its toll and Robin Roberts had clearly lost a significant amount of weight as she addressed the camera.