By AMY ROBACHSeptember 29, 2015 1:58 PM
“Good Morning America” news anchor Amy Robach underwent her first-ever mammogram in October 2013, live on "GMA" for breast cancer awareness month. Weeks later, in November 2013, Robach announced on "GMA" that she had breast cancer. Robach underwent a double mastectomyand eight rounds of chemotherapy, all while raising a family and appearing on "GMA." In her new book, “Better: How I Let Go of Control, Held On to Hope, and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour,” Robach shares her breast cancer journey.
Click HERE to read an excerpt from Robach's book, "Better."
Nothing makes you prioritize your time like hearing the words, “You have cancer.”
From the moment my doctors told me the tumor they discovered in my right breast was malignant, the blanket of security I carried around with me my entire life –- the myth that I always had tomorrow and the next day -– was suddenly shattered.
It’s one thing to physically battle cancer -– it’s grueling and tests your body in ways you cannot imagine -– but it’s another thing altogether to mentally take it on.
I've decided to not die before I die. I live better now.
I am a better parent. I yell less and cuddle more with my daughters. I am a better wife. I yell less and choose my words more carefully, remembering we are what we say.
I see how precious life is and how grateful I am to be right here, right now.
Six Ways to Make Every Day BETTER:
1) Laugh more.
2) Love more.
3) Yell less.
4) Remember the only thing you can actually control is how you react to life.
5) Acknowledge that there is no such thing as security –- it’s a myth -– so give every moment the precious attention it deserves.
6) Don’t die before you die -– we’re all terminal cases -– so start living. Do what you want, cherish what you love, celebrate what you have.