Only just last month, the 40-year-old reporter and Good Morning America anchor had taken part in a televised mammogram as part of ABC News’ Breast Cancer Awareness Month coverage. That scan was clean, but a few weeks later, on a return trip to her doctor, she learned the news.
“I was alone that afternoon, never thinking to bring anyone with me, never thinking that day would be life-altering,” she explains. “My husband was on a business trip and my parents live across the country, but that night everyone flew into New York City and we started gearing up for a fight.”
Later this week, Robach will go into surgery for a bilateral mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. It is there she will learn just how hard that fight will be.
Robach says she is one of the lucky ones because she was diagnosed very early. Her doctors say that the mammogram probably 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,” says Robach. “No excuses. It is the difference between life and death.”