Barbara Walters stunned attendees at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 9, when she revealed her personal experience with the disease.
As the afternoon's top honoree, Barbara began her speech by asking Good Morning America co-anchor, Amy Robach, to stand up.
"There's a lot of talk about me, but I want to share this honor with Amy," the 85-year-old said. "When she discovered she had breast cancer, she handled it in the most magnificent, wise and sensitive way." The 41-year-old was diagnosed a year ago this month after undergoing an on-air mammogram.
Barbara then shared a bit about her own struggle with the illness, saying, "Some years back, more than five now, I discovered a small lump in my own breast. Under the expert care of [my doctor] I had a lumpectomy."
She went on to add, "I haven't talked about it. There was no need to. There were other choices that were possible. This was mine. I told a few people and I'm fine. I wasn't worried because I knew that the advances made in treating breast cancer including lumpectomies were possible. Research made my treatment possible."
Unfortunately, this hasn't been Barbara's only cancer scare. Following Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy announcement last year, The View co-creator shared that she had both of her ovaries removed following the death of her sister from ovarian cancer.
Despite the heavy subject matter, Barbara was still able to make the entire crowd laugh when she joked, "I'll always remember this luncheon. Partly because of seeing all of your beautiful faces, and also because my bra is too tight!"