Joan Lunden has some sad news for fans: She has an aggressive form of breast cancer.
America woke up to some scary news from one of our most beloved TV personalities this morning: Joan Lunden has breast cancer. The former Good Morning America host went back to her old stomping grounds to announce the news with the support of fellow survivor Robin Roberts.
Watch Joan Lunden announce she has breast cancer
Lunden followed up her announcement with a detailed blog post.
“Two weeks ago I went for my annual mammogram as I do every year religiously, and thankfully it was all clear,” she explained on her blog. “That is always the moment where I feel I can breathe again. However for women who have dense fibrous breast tissue, as I do, often our doctors will recommend an ultrasound as well. My ultrasound that day revealed a tumor in my right breast. After a core biopsy was performed, I heard those words that every woman fears and that I never thought I’d hear: ‘you have breast cancer.'”
“I have decided to talk about my breast cancer because since the moment I took the job at Good Morning America I have lived my life sharing my joys and my disappointments with all of you: my pregnancies, my relationships, my career… I have shared my journey. So it certainly didn’t feel right keeping this part of my journey a secret.”
“I have already begun my chemotherapy and I am blessed to have my husband Jeff and my three older daughters with me every step of the way. I am so thankful to have the support, wisdom, and guidance from all my doctors and the loving support of my family and my friends,” she explained. “I know I have a challenge ahead of me in this journey, however I have chosen to take it as an opportunity to fulfill my father’s legacy and try to inspire others to protect their health.”
Lunden later thanked her supporters on Twitter.
— Joan Lunden (@JoanLunden) June 24, 2014