Ex-GMA host Joan Lunden opens up on breast cancer diagnosis

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Former “Good Morning America” co-host Joan Lunden has been diagnosed with breast cancer, and on Tuesday’s show, she opened up about her battle as a guest.

The 63-year-old television personality broke the news during a chat with GMA anchor Robin Roberts, and said that she discovered the “aggressive” kind of cancer in an ultrasound. She has started undergoing chemotherapy and is also to have a lumpectomy and radiation therapy.

As published in her blog on Tuesday, Lunden wrote, “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.”

She added, “Breast cancer is not something to be ashamed of or something that we should feel is taboo to discuss. I’ll admit, even though I’ve shaped my career around health and wellness advocacy, speaking all over the country, and even running a women’s wellness camp where I encourage others to share their stories… it took me some time to embrace the idea of coming forward with MY breast cancer journey.”

Following the show, Lunden took time to express gratitude from her family, friends and supporters, with a special shout out to the GMA team and Roberts, who has once battled breast cancer.

Meanwhile, fellow GMA host Amy Robach has also revealed that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and is now undergoing treatment.

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