Amy Robach wasn't about to let chemotherapy and breast cancer take control of her life. Her empowering response to the battle was to cut her hair short early. On Wed. Jan. 15, the Good Morning America correspondent debuted her new do on the show.
The 40-year-old mother of two recalled the day before Thanksgiving in which she was told that she need 8 rounds of chemo. She admits that one of her first questions was if she would lose her hair. It's no secret that in her line of work, much emphasis is placed on appearance.
"It sounds shallow I know, but it was a very scary image to me. Having cancer is one thing, LOOKING like you have cancer is another thing. It’s a disease that already takes so much," shared Robach.
"My doctor told me every patient is different, and because I’m young and had a good head of hair, I had a chance of keeping some of it, but she warned me what remains will be thin, dry and brittle. And so after two rounds of chemo, I’ve started to notice, slowly, but surely, my hair has started to appear more regularly in my shower drain, sink drain, pillowcase and comb," she continued.
Robach goes on to say that the waiting and watching process made her feel so powerful. As a result, her haircut was her way of taking control. Upon receiving countless notes of encouragement from women who could relate, she decided to record the transformation.
"I wanted other women to know they are not alone. I wanted my sisters to know that being brave is the only way to live with cancer… and today I feel powerful," she said.
Understandably, Amy got emotional during the cut. She shared that the effects of chemo were more draining emotionally than physically. However, the journalist is encouraged, and her new do makes her feel strong.
"It's like a fresh start - a new chapter," she said.
Robach hopes that her battle will raise awareness, and encourage other women to get a mammogram, and do self-exams. She points out that it can be a matter of life and death.
She was diagnosed with the devastating disease during an on-screen exam that she completed as part of the October Pink Initiative. Now after two rounds of chemo and a double mastectomy, her platform and her fight continues.