Former "Good Morning America" host Joan Lunden made a bittersweet return today to the show that helped make her a household name; announcing that she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
In a blog post published during her interview on television, Lunden says doctors discovered a tumor in her right breast after a routine ultrasound.
"I considered myself fit and healthy, I get checked faithfully every year and I didn’t have a history of breast cancer in my family," she writes. "But of course after covering many stories about breast cancer over the years, I knew that none of us are exempt. I also knew that I had to jump into action quickly, put together a team, and find the best course of treatment for the kind of cancer that I have."
According to her publicist Stan Rosenfield, Lunden's next steps will include a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation.
"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."
Lunden also credited her late father with giving her the inspiration to share this very private battle with the public.
"Early detection is so crucial, I consider myself fortunate that I found this in the early stages and the prognosis is so promising."
According to her doctors, Lunden is expected to make a full recovery. You can view her interview with Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America" below.
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