Better

Better

How I Let Go of Control, Held on to Hope, and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “An inspiring story of coming back from cancer and learning to cherish every moment.”—People

“I have breast cancer.”
When Good Morning America anchor Amy Robach revealed her shocking diagnosis on live television in November 2013, the seasoned news reporter embarked on the most difficult and illuminating journey of her life. In this intimate memoir she retraces the twelve months following her announcement and speaks candidly, for the first time, about how her illness affected her family life and her marriage, tapped into her deepest fears and strengths, and transformed her in ways she never could have imagined.

Only weeks earlier, in September 2013, ABC producers asked Robach to get an on-air mammogram to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Her first instinct was to say no—there was no history of cancer in her family, she was only forty years old, and she felt strange drawing attention to herself when she had no personal connection to the issue. (She’d been meaning to get her first mammogram that year but had conveniently “lost” the prescription.) Her colleague Robin Roberts, herself a cancer survivor, convinced her to do it with one simple sentence: “I can pretty much guarantee it will save a life.”

To Robach’s surprise, the life she saved was her own: Tests revealed malignant tumors in her breast, and she immediately underwent a bilateral mastectomy, followed by six months of chemotherapy treatments.

Better is more than a story of illness and recovery. Robach recounts the day she and her husband, Andrew Shue, got the terrible news; the difficulty of telling her two young daughters, and the challenges of carrying on with the everyday duties of parenting, nurturing a fledgling second marriage, and managing a public career. She lays bare the emotional toll of her experience and mines her past for the significant moments that gave her the resilience to face each day. And she describes the incredible support network that lifted her when she hit bottom.

With honesty, humility, and humor, Robach connects deeply with women just like her who have struggled with any kind of sudden adversity. More important, she shares valuable wisdom about the power of the human spirit to endure the worst—and find the way to better.

Praise for Better

“By selflessly sharing the incredible story of her unexpected journey with breast cancer, Amy has given countless others hope. Better is the perfect title for her beautiful book. Sitting next to her every morning at GMA, I’m blessed to experience how my dear colleague and friend makes everything and everyone better.”—Robin Roberts, co-anchor of Good Morning America

“Amy is tough as nails and tenderhearted. The perfect combination, no? I have loved her for years, but never more than when I watched her beat cancer with such strength and grace. Her book is full of hope and healing—for Amy, and for all of us.”—Hoda Kotb, co-host of Today

“[Robach’s] beautiful new book, Better, is an exploration of her battle with breast cancer. What I love about it is that she never claims to be fearless; she was petrified. . . . Super inspiring stuff, the kind we need way more of in general.”—Meredith Rollins, editor in chief, Redbook

“With the amazing background to Robach’s discovery of her disease, plus her inspirational tenacity during her career, readers will likely never miss their annual mammogram again. For all patient health collections.”Library Journal

Baker & Taylor
"In this very personal book, Good Morning America anchor Amy Robach retraces the 12 months following her breast cancer diagnosis in October 2013, revealing details about her on-air mammogram on GMA, her treatment and its impact on her work life and family life, and her emotional journey from initial shock and devastation to resilience, bravery, and hope."--

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A Good Morning America anchor retraces the 12 months following her breast cancer diagnosis in October 2013, revealing details about her on-air mammogram on GMA, her treatment and its impact on her work and family life and her emotional journey from initial shock and devastation to resilience, bravery and hope.
A "Good Morning America" anchor retraces the twelve months following her breast cancer diagnosis, revealing details about her treatment and its impact on her work life and family life and her emotional journey from initial shock to resilience, bravery, and hope.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780553392982
0553392980
Branch Call Number: Biography R532r
Characteristics: xiii, 239 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm

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Oct 04, 2017

Amy Robach is the anchor of the successful TV show Good Morning America. Thus she is in a great position to convey a public service message. She, unwillingly, agrees to undergo a mammogram on air and this perhaps saved her life. The mammogram reveals malignant tumours and the book, which is a poignant memoir, tells of her subsequent battle. The treatment includes a double mastectomy, eight sessions of chemo, and breast reconstructions. Robach tells of her experiences with the cancer diagnosis and treatment and to put it in context she also talks of her life and marriages. This is a story of love, relationship and friendship. More importantly, it is a story of how one diagnosis can change the course of many lives. Robach tells a beautiful tale and her line, "What a remarkable reminder that none of us can actually control what happens. We can only control the grace with which we react," sums it all up.

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