How I Let Go of Control, Held On to Hope, and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour
On Sale: September 29, 2015
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“I have breast cancer.” When Good Morning
America anchor Amy Robach revealed her shocking
diagnosis on live television in November 2013, the seasoned
news reporter embarked on the most difficult and
illuminating journey of her life. In this intimate memoir
she retraces the twelve months following her announcement
and speaks candidly, for the first time, about how her
illness affected her family life and her marriage, tapped
into her deepest fears and strengths, and transformed her in
ways she never could have imagined.
weeks earlier, in September 2013, ABC producers asked Robach
to get an on-air mammogram to highlight Breast Cancer
Awareness Month. Her first instinct was to say no—there was
no history of cancer in her family, she was only forty years
old, and she felt strange drawing attention to herself when
she had no personal connection to the issue. (She’d been
meaning to get her first mammogram that year but had
conveniently “lost” the prescription.) Her colleague Robin
Roberts, herself a cancer survivor, convinced her to do it
with one simple sentence: “I can pretty much guarantee it
will save a life.”
surprise, the life she saved was her own: Tests revealed
malignant tumors in her breast, and she immediately
underwent a bilateral mastectomy, followed by six months of
more than a story of illness and recovery. Robach recounts
the day she and her husband, Andrew Shue, got the terrible
news; the difficulty of telling her two young daughters, and
the challenges of carrying on with the everyday duties of
parenting, nurturing a fledgling second marriage, and
managing a public career. She lays bare the emotional toll
of her experience and mines her past for the significant
moments that gave her the resilience to face each day. And
she describes the incredible support network that lifted her
when she hit bottom.
With honesty, humility,
and humor, Robach connects deeply with women just like her
who have struggled with any kind of sudden adversity. More
important, she shares valuable wisdom about the power of the
human spirit to endure the worst—and find the way to better.
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