I’m Stronger Than Ever!

FIVE YEARS AF­TER HER CAN­CER DI­AG­NO­SIS, THE ABC NEWS­WOMAN PRESSES ON­WARD

Closer Weekly - - Health Update - — Bruce Fretts, with re­port­ing by Lexi Cic­cone

Ev­ery morn­ing is a good one for Amy Robach these days. The GMA co­host is hap­pily mar­ried to Mel­rose Place alum An­drew Shue, has a dream job an­chor­ing ABC’s news­magazine 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 told Closer 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.”

Although she’s aware she’s en­ter­ing a high-risk pe­riod for re­lapses, Amy says, “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.”

LIV­ING FOR TO­DAY

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 says. “I thought I had learned that les­son as a jour­nal­ist cov­er­ing tragedies and nat ural dis­as­ters, but you don't re­ally get it un­til you are per­son­ally and acutely threat­ened.” Can­cer, she adds, “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, 45, laughs. “That’s how old we are!”

Amy with hus­band An­drew Shue and her daugh­ters, An­nalise and Ava

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