Good Morning America has managed to trump NBC's Today with its sunnier disposition, but, on Monday, ABC's morning news program took a bit of a darker turn. During a segment on Good Morning America, ABC News correspondent Amy Robach revealed she has breast cancer, and will be undergoing a double mastectomy.
Said Robach on Good Morning America, "The diagnosis that's still hard for me to say out loud. I have breast cancer ... I know that I have a fight ahead of me. But I also know that I have a lot worth fighting for."
It's the second time the Good Morning America family has been plagued with health problems. Anchor Robin Roberts not only was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, but the newswoman told viewers in 2012 that she was also suffering from myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood disease that required Roberts to get a bone marrow transplant. Wrote Roberts at the time of the diagnosis:
When I faced breast cancer, your prayers and good wishes sustained me, gave me such hope and played a major role in my recovery. In facing this new challenge, I ask humbly for more of your prayers and love – as I will keep you in my mine and update you regularly on my condition.
It seems those good wishes were contagious on the set of Good Morning America. In fact, Robach said the only reason she caught her cancer was because Roberts urged her to monitor her health and get tested on camera for the disease. Said Robach:
[I thought] if I got the mammogram on air and it saved one life, then it's all worth it. It never occurred to me that that life would be mine ... It's absolutely surreal to be sitting here. But as scary as it all is, I'm so so lucky — because you guys pushed me to that mammogram — thank god you did, I wasn't in any rush to have that done any time soon.
Robach's candor discussing her disorder seems to indicate the newswoman will continue to share her progress following her diagnosis, and hopefully quick recovery. But, until then, it's clear the Good Morning America team is happy to continue to stick together, through good times (and high ratings) and bad: