Joan Lunden removes wig, shares battle with breast cancer

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Television host and journalist Joan Lunden poses for a portrait in circa 1982. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
(L-R) TV personalities Joan Lunden, Ted Koppel and Barbara Walters. (Photo by Ann Clifford/DMI/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 20: Joan Lunden and daughter Jenny attending the opening of the 'WWF New York' restaurant in Times Square. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 17: Journalist/ Television Host Joan Lunden attends at 2012 Broadcasting & Cable Hall Of Fame Awards The Waldorf Astoria on December 17, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 13: Joan Lunden attends the 7th annual Safe at Home gala at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on November 13, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images)
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Joan Lunden during Carlos Santana & Michelle Branch perform on 'Good Morning America' - November 3, 2005 at Time Square in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Derek Storm/FilmMagic)
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By JACKIE WILLIS
ET

Former Good Morning America host Joan Lunden sheds her wig and opens up to People magazine about being diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer this past June.

The 64-year-old told the publication that she saw two choices when facing this tribulation. "I could decide to do nothing, but that's certainly not my personality. I was handed an opportunity to learn everything that I can about this and try to help others."

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Lunden went public with her cancer diagnosis when she spoke to cancer survivor and GMA host Robin Roberts this summer -- and now her People cover will surely send a message. "Robin told me waiting for your hair to fall out is excruciating," she revealed. "So I didn't want to wait."



The mother-of-seven revealed that she got rid of her blonde locks within the first week of her chemo treatment. "You know it's going to happen one of these days and you are wondering how and when, so I just owned it," she said of her decision.

She added, "I'm almost reluctant to say it because it sounds superficial, but when you lose your hair, it just affects the way that you look at yourself in the mirror. You feel less feminine, pretty or desirable, and it's not an easy thing to go through."

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As for why she wanted to make such a bold statement on her People cover, she said, "I had to make this big decision about whether or not to do the cover with no hair. It certainly isn't the comfortable way to go, but I decided I was going to try and help others and show women that this isn't the end of the world. You can go on -- and that was hugely empowering."

Lunden will continue to share her story on her blog JoanLunden.com and in a week-long series on the TODAY show.

Joan Lunden Ditches Her Wig, Opens Up About Cancer


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