Last night (June 8, 2017) Good Morning America news anchor and cancer survivor Amy Robach headlined a special event hosted by Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) to commemorate National Cancer Survivors Day.
Celebrate Strength, Celebrate Life: An Evening with Amy Robach filled the ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Princeton with hundreds of survivors, family and friends to share her inspiring story about redefining care.
Amy's angelic demeanor not only touched our hearts she added humor and delight to so many and made you feel good whether you have recently been diagnosed with cancer, are a survivor, recurring cancer survivor, friend or family. She encouraged everyone, male or female, to seek a mammograms at early age. Basically, when you feel it's right for you, not necessarily when other people or groups advise you to wait till that "certain age" due to traditional research stats for your age group. If you wait, it might be too late. Amy had no family history so "who's to say when's the right time". I know she's right about that as I had the same situation. Know your body and live a healthy life.
She went on to state; Don't take tomorrow for granted. If she had not taken the advice of colleague and close friend Robin Roberts of ABC News, she would not have known that she had Stage 2 breast cancer at age 39. She was previously planning to wait till she was 50 years old before her producer Sandra originally asked her to have a mammogram LIVE on national TV in the mamo-van at New York Times Square. She was glad she was convinced to do this at work, live on air to help save other lives. Having Robin by her side during "chemo days" helped her get through her ordeal and provided her the support she needed along with her family.
Her poignant values in life came shining through while she shared her life experiences as a four-year survivor this October. . . "cherish life's experiences and enjoy the memories. Live, laugh, and love. Accept and ask for help - it's okay. Harness it. Lastly, don't die before you die" as her loving husband, Andrew Shue, advised her. In other words, live life to it's fullest and don't take anything for granted!
I have to agree with that too. Life changes after cancer. I don't think there was one thing she mentioned that I could not relate to as a breast cancer survivor who also endured bilateral mastectomy, as a working mother and woman in media (and sister Michigander I learned). She reconfirmed how to pay-it-forward by sharing her encouraging story with others. A beautiful woman celebrating life and redefining care. Thanks Amy!
All the breast, Jean
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About Jean Criss – Criss is a ten-year breast cancer survivor of bilateral cancer (DCIS — Ductal Carcinoma In Situ). She is the Founder and Designer of CRISSCROSSIntimates.com – luxury intimate apparel for women and men who undergo post-op surgeries! Criss is also Founder of JeanCrissMedia.com, a creative digital media services agency and Author of trilogy series, My Pain Woke Me Up and shares her breast cancer journey in BLISS! Criss recently received five CME accredited Breast Cancer Management Certifications from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and also received a Certificate of Honour by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons–Patients of Courage: Triumph over Adversity Award. Criss served on the Board of Trustees: Susan G. Komen North Jersey Affiliate, has produced award-winning PSAs, co-chaired gala events, is a member of their Speaker’s Bureau and continues to fundraise and volunteer with Komen affiliates. She works with research organizations and educational charities to support breast cancer at large.