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

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

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by Amy Robach
 

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER

“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

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER

“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.

Advance 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

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“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
 
“[Amy 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

“In Better, Amy Robach deftly brings us to the brink and back, showing us how, in life’s most wicked rapids, we can rise above our fear and find safe passage.”—Kelly Corrigan, author of Glitter and Glue
 
“Amy Robach describes her experience with cancer in a way that incorporates the medical, emotional, personal, professional, maternal, and romantic aspects of life. You will laugh, cry, and learn.”—Jennifer Ashton, M.D., ob-gyn, ABC News senior medical contributor and co-host of The Doctors
 
“Amy is a powerful and personal voice for breast cancer awareness and research.  Not only has she demonstrated incredible poise and strength during her journey with breast cancer, but she uses her experience to advocate for the cause and galvanize women and men across the nation. This is a must-read.”—Leonard A. Lauder, chairman emeritus, the Estée Lauder Companies, and co-chairman, Breast Cancer Research Foundation
 
“Life can sometimes throw harsh curveballs and put you on a path you never thought you’d walk. Amy’s illness led her on an unnerving journey, but she chose to share it with her audience, and in turn they walked and cried and rallied around her through her whole endeavor.”—Luke Bryan, Academy of Country Music “Entertainer of the Year”

Library Journal
★ 09/01/2015
Journalist Robach hadn't been with Good Morning America (GMA) all that long when she was asked to participate in the show's effort to encourage women to have mammograms by undergoing the procedure on the air. With no family history or particular affinity for the cause, she was dubious about proceeding. Then her colleague Robin Roberts, a breast cancer "thriver," suggested that if Robach could convince just one woman to get the exam and that exam saved that woman's life, wouldn't it be worth doing? Robach reveals here the progress through what would be her cancer diagnosis and bilateral mastectomy, plus chemotherapy, along with her life story and that of her blended family. VERDICT 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.—BLF

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553392982
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/29/2015
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
114,736
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Amy Robach is an American television journalist and anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America. Previously, she was the co-host of the Saturday edition of NBC’s Today, a national correspondent for NBC News, and an anchor on MSNBC. Over the past twenty years, she has traveled the country and the world, interviewing political figures such as President Barack Obama, John McCain, Nancy Pelosi, and John Edwards, as well as newsmakers like Malala Yousafzai, Oprah Winfrey, and Prince Harry. Robach’s #GIRLPOWER series on ABC profiles influential women including the first and only four-star female Navy admiral, Michelle Howard, and FEED founder Lauren Bush Lauren. A Michigan native and graduate of the University of Georgia, Robach lives in New York City with her husband, two young daughters, and stepson.

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Better: How I Let Go of Control, Held On to Hope, and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, Amy is one strong lady that refused to let this ugly disease stop her from living her life to the fullest. The reader is taken on an emotional roller coaster along with Amy while she tells her story of heartache and triumph of fighting this disease. I would highly recommend this book to women already diagnosed with breast cancer and to all those who hopefully never have to experience it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I watched Amy on the Today Show and was sad to see her go but am thrilled that she is so happy at ABC and more than that she is cancer free! Great read.