Amy Robach, Good Morning America’s bubbly news reporter, had an on-air mammogram on October that may have saved her life. The reporter was hesitant to have her very first mammogram broadcast on national television, but it turned out to be life changing.
Robach, 40, has revealed this morning that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will undergo a double mastectomy this Thursday, November 14. The news was absolutely shocking. Robach has no family history of breast cancer, she is a healthy eater, she exercises, she takes all possible precautions. Yet, this Thursday she will have both breasts removed and undergo reconstruction surgery.
As part of Good Morning America’s ongoing healthcare series, Robach reluctantly agreed to undergo her very first mammogram on the air. Like so many women these days, she leads a very busy lifestyle. She travels for work, has young children to cart around. In other words, she had been putting this important screening off. Since she had never had the procedure done before she was understandably nervous. Several GMA producers and Robin Roberts, who underwent her own battle with the cruel disease back in 2009, convinced Robach that by having her mammogram on live television she would be saving the lives of many women who are also fearful of the procedure.
So Amy Robach bit the bullet. In a pretty pink hospital gown with a nervous smile on her face she faced millions of GMA viewers. After the procedure was over she breathed an audible sigh of relief. It wasn’t as bad as she thought it would be. She had no idea that at the time of the screening she already had breast cancer.
A few weeks after her report Robach was called back to her doctor’s office for what she thought was a routine follow-up to go over the images. Her breath was taken away once again when the doctor gave her the breast cancer diagnosis.
The next step for the brave reporter is a bilateral mastectomy this Thursday, followed in a few weeks by reconstructive surgery. Once she gets through the first hurdle the doctors will meet to discuss the next steps Robach needs to take to fight the disease. And fight she shall.
Not only did Amy Robach’s on-air mammogram save her life, she is showing millions of women the importance of early detection. Her doctors have noted that they caught the disease early on, which is one of the most important factors in long-term survival.
Robach took to the GMA airwaves this morning to announce to the world that she has a fight ahead of her, but she and her doctors are more than ready for it. With breast cancer survivor Robin Roberts by her side holding her hand, Robach says that she hopes just one woman will see the report and have her own mammogram. If she can save just one life then she knows that all of this will have been worth it.
Amy Robach’s brave on-air mammogram may very well have saved her life. Just last week both Al Roker and Matt Lauer from The Today Show submitted to on-air prostate exams. These reporters aren’t just in the business of reporting news. They are trying to save lives, one procedure at a time.
By Mary Kay Love