November 12, 2013 01:45:28 GMT
The 'Good Morning America' anchor discovered she has breast cancer after having her first mammogram as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month on the show.
Amy Robach revealed her breast cancer diagnosis on "Good Morning America", more than a month after she took a mammogram for a Pink Day edition of the show. Accompanied by her husband, "Melrose Place" actor Andrew Shue, she made the shocking announcement on Monday, November 11.
"I've decided to be very aggressive," Robach told "GMA" co-anchor Robin Roberts, who convinced her to take the routine procedure. She recalled the doctor bluntly saying to her, "That mammogram just saved your life."
Sharing her plans to fight it, she revealed, "I have decided to have a bilateral mastectomy. I've decided to be very aggressive. ... I'll have reconstructive surgery. And, we don't know. There's a lot you don't know until you have the surgery. I don't know about chemo. I don't know what stage I am. I don't know if it has spread. So we'll find out those things in the weeks to come."
In an essay on ABCNews.com, she writes that the surgery is planned for November 14. "Only then will I know more about what that fight will fully entail, but I am mentally and physically as prepared as anyone can be in this situation," she adds.
Robach got the mammogram on-air on October 1 as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She had been reluctant to have the medical screening, admitting, "Between flying all over the world for work, and running around with my kids to school and ballet and gymnastics like so many women, I just kept putting it off."
She writes in her essay, "And while everyone who gets cancer is clearly unlucky, I got lucky by catching it early, and there are so many people to thank for making sure I did. Every producer, every person who urged me to do this, changed my trajectory."