Joan Lunden returned to Good Morning America on Tuesday morning, June 24, to reveal some very personal news with viewers. The television journalist announced that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Joan sat down with GMA‘s Robin Roberts, who also battled breast cancer in 2007, saying that she will undergo surgery, and will also do chemotherapy and radiation treatments. “I heard those words that every woman fears and never wants to hear, ‘You have breast cancer,'” she revealed to Robin and viewers. “In the beginning, it’s such a shock. It’s a stunner… For me, I’m a health advocate, I’m all over America talking to women, saying, ‘Make sure that you get all of your checkups all the time.’ You almost feel like, ‘What did I do wrong?’ Joan, continued, “Because we found it early, I was able to tell [my children] that mommy’s going to be okay. I have the more aggressive kind, and so it’s going to be the chemotherapy and the surgery and the radiation. So I’ve got that journey ahead.” Joan is the mother of seven children, all between the ages of 33 and nine.
After her appearance on Good Morning America, Joan tweeted her thanks to Robin and the entire GMA team, writing, “Thank you to @robinRoberts and my @gma family for all your support this morning.” The journalist herself was on the show for 17 years, leaving in 1997.
Something like this is always sad to hear. However, it’s inspiring that Joan is in good spirits, and plans to fight! Thoughts and prayers are with her and her family at this difficult time.
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