Breast cancer patient and longtime news anchor Amy Robach was facing what many women do during breast cancer treatment, coping with the disease and the loss of hair during chemo.
Robach served as an inspiration to many, debuting her new shorter hair to “take back control” from the disease.
Amy Robach showed off her cute new hairdo on “GMA” this morning, after spending years in the limelight with shoulder-length hair.
The 40-year-old, who is currently one month into her chemotherapy treatment, said she got the chop in a bid to “take back control” from her breast cancer.
Robach shared an emotional clip in the salon chair, saying through her tears, “I knew I’d cry at least once [but] it’s like a fresh start, a new chapter.”
The married mother-of-two visited the Rossano Ferretti hair spa in New York and said the stylists made every effort to make her feel comfortable.
She revealed, “I was there for five hours, and they were so great to make sure I felt OK. They gave me a private room because it is emotional when you cut your hair.”
Fellow co-host George Stephanopoulos, said, “You know how fantastic you look, right?”
Breast cancer survivor Robin Roberts adds, “There are so many women who will not have treatment because they don’t want to lose their hair. [But you are taking control… and it’s a powerful message that you’re sending to so many.”
Amy Robach says she’s been dealing with the physical impact of having a double mastectomy and chemotherapy treatment, but that her journey had been emotionally draining.
She reveals, “You have moments when you get mad and start crying in the grocery store. Then you have moments when you think ‘today is a beautiful day and I’m alive and I’m so happy I have people who I love around me.'”
Amy first discovered she had a malignant tumor in her right breast during an on-air mammogram to promote breast cancer awareness, never imagining she would be diagnosed with cancer.
She had a double mastectomy in November and doctors realized there was also a second tumor in the same breast and some abnormal cells in the left breast. The cancer had spread to her sentinel lymph nodes, meaning that chemotherapy would be needed.
She opted for the most aggressive form of treatment and has already had two rounds of chemotherapy to date and still has six more to go.
Amy Robach said of the emotional experience of cutting her hair, “We know in our line of work that appearance is important – it’s important to anybody and everybody really – and I decided I was going to take control of one thing away from the cancer.
“I’m sharing this because I want all the women who have gone through it or going through it now and who will be going through it, to know two things, that you’re not alone and that you too can be brave.”
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