Joan Lunden has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The long-time Good Morning America anchor (1980-1997) revealed the news today on that same program to Robin Roberts, a breast cancer survivor herself.
“I have shaped my career around health and wellness advocacy so it seemed natural to share my story,” Lunden said. “I’ve started chemotherapy and while I don’t know how I’ll look and feel down the road, I am assuming the best because that is how I live my life.”
The reporter’s treatment will also include a lumpectomy and radiation. She’s expected to make a full recovery.
The diagnosis came as the result of an ultrasound during Lunden’s yearly mammogram.
“I knew the minute the doctor came in the door,” Lunden’s shared. “I could tell by her demeanor. ‘You have breast cancer.’ The words are so surreal.”
She added that her husband and seven children have been by her side this whole time.
And she also published a blog post this morning, making a reference to her late father, who worked as a cancer surgeon.
“I knew that he would want me to use this experience as an opportunity to spread the word about how important it is to get screened for all types of cancers and for women to do self-breast exams,” Lunden wrote. “Early detection is so crucial, I consider myself fortunate that I found this in the early stages and the prognosis is so promising…
“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. 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.”
We send Lunden our very best wishes.