Every morning is a good one for Amy Robach these days. The Good Morning America co-host is happily married to Melrose Place alum Andrew Shue, has a dream job anchoring ABC’s news magazine 20/20, and recently marked five years as a breast cancer survivor by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with a group of close friends and family members.
“We did it to commemorate the journey,” she exclusively told Closer Weekly at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation Symposium and Awards Luncheon in NYC. “It’s about conquering fear and letting fear motivate you to be better and treat people better.”
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There are no accurate words to describe what physical and mental strength it took to take our group of 10 – from 12 to 65 years old – up to Uhuru Peak at 19,340 feet on #Kilimanjaro in 5 days! Thank you #LionsSafari and Joseph our guide and the more than two dozen porters who made it all possible! The most incredible experience of my life ❤️#100percentsummit
Amy, 45, learned of her diagnosis in 2013 after having a mammogram on live TV while millions of viewers were watching. The mom-of-two was reluctant, considering she had no previous history of breast cancer running in her family. Little did she know the outcome would change her life.
“I know I have a fight ahead of me, but I also know I have a lot worth fighting for,” Amy said during a package that aired following the results that determined she had breast cancer.
Fast forward five years and the journalist is celebrating being cancer-free. Although she’s aware she’s entering a high-risk period for relapses, Amy said, “I feel stronger today than I was before I had cancer, because physically, mentally, and spiritually I am stronger, thanks to everything I’ve been through.”
Amy’s health battle and recovery have given her a new perspective on life. “Security is a myth — none of us knows what the next hour will bring,” she said. “I thought I had learned that lesson as a journalist covering tragedies and natural disasters, but you don’t really get it until you are personally and acutely threatened.” Cancer, she added, “awakened me to a whole new reality that now is the only moment we actually have guaranteed.”
She’s making the most of every moment, whether atop a mountain or on a couch with Andrew “in front of the TV set with a glass of wine,” Amy laughed. “That’s how old we are!”
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