October 21, 2014
3:52 pm

St. Joe Born TV Anchor Has Cancer

When St. Joseph born Amy Robach agreed to help save lives by submitting to a live television mammogram on Good Morning America she had no idea that one of the lives she would save would be her own.  The 40-year old TV star who was born in St. Joseph and recently identified Roxy's Hamburgers of St. Joseph as her favorite burger in the nation on live TV had been putting off getting her mammogram for more than a year.

As the ABC-Television morning show launched its Pink October theme early last month, producers and colleagues encouraged Amy to have the simple test conducted on live television to provide women from coast to coast the courage to do the same thing as a preventative measure and to potentially save their lives.  Little did she know that the ultimate diagnosis would be that she, herself, had breast cancer. 

She told audiences all across America on the show this morning that she was, indeed, diagnosed with breast cancer as a result of the mammogram and a huge battery of subsequent tests.  She says it proves that the disease can strike anyone at any time, saying, "I work out, I eat right, I take care of myself and I have very little family history; in fact, all of my grandparents are still alive."  Amy had her first mammogram ever on October 1st in front of millions of TV viewers. 

Next Thursday, November 14, 2013 Amy will go into surgery where her doctors will perform a bilateral mastectomy followed by reconstructive surgery, and only after that will she know more about what her battle with cancer will entail going forward.  She says the doctors told her bluntly, "That mammogram saved your life."

I was proud to be one of the "Real Men Wear Pink" campaign in Michigan's Great Southwest this past month...and I hope that you have been properly tested.  It just might save your life, like it has for Amy Robach...who still has family in the region.
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Topics : Human Interest
Location : MichiganSt. Joseph
People : Amy Robach