It's a scene that has played out onscreen many times: A beloved TV journalist gets a standard medical test on a popular show, in an effort to convince viewers of a certain age to do the same. But this time the story had a very surreal ending: After reluctantly getting her first mammogram on Good Morning America, ABC News journalist Amy Robach found out she actually did have breast cancer. Robach revealed the diagnosis today, writing that she had been putting off the procedure for more than a year when GMA producers asked her about the segment for "GMA Goes Pink" on Oct. 1.
"If several producers and even Robin Roberts herself hadn’t convinced me that doing this on live television would save lives, I would never have been able to save my own," Robach writes. On Thursday, she's getting a bilateral mastectomy. "I was also told this, for every person who has cancer, at least 15 lives are saved because people around them become vigilant. They go to their doctors, they get checked," Robach concludes. "I can only hope my story will do the same and inspire every woman who hears it to get a mammogram, to take a self exam. No excuses."