Joan Lunden is best known as the former co-host of “Good Morning America” from 1980 through 1987, but she has been on the broadcasting scene since 1975. Throughout her career in front of the camera, Lunden has been an advocate for women’s health and in recent times, an advocate of breast cancer awareness, support and education.
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On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, the 64-year-old journalist revealed her diagnosis with triple-negative breast cancer on “Good Morning Amerca.” Since then, the former host of the morning show has completed several rounds of chemotherapy and, just a few weeks ago, underwent surgery to remove a tumor, according to the TODAY show.
Joan has always been the embodiment of a truly modern working woman. She was less a news lady and more a trusted friend, entering the homes of millions of women every morning as the longest running co-anchor of “Good Morning America.”
The Hair: The hair of the moment is the lack thereof. Joan made a “tough decision” to shoot the cover of People magazine while going through chemotherapy for stage 2 triple negative breast cancer. She bravely appeared sans wig as part of her commitment to share her cancer journey with others.
“I knew I could be a voice for a quarter of a million women who are diagnosed every year with breast cancer, and I wanted to show that your health is more important than your hair,” Lunden said. “Your hair grows back after you stop chemo, and then you have your life.”
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The Legacy: She is an award-winning journalist, a bestselling author, a motivational speaker, and one of the most recognized, trusted, and longest running television personalities for nearly two decades. She is a mother of seven and has cared for an aging parent, so she truly understands the stresses women face today and brings that experience to all her projects, whether focusing on parenting, healthy aging, family care giving, or health & wellness.
The Quote: “A fulfilling life is different to each person. You have to acknowledge your dreams, and not just wait for life to happen, and opportunities to come knocking at your door.”
Follow her brave journey in the fight against breast cancer here.