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The Doctors welcome ABC News anchor Amy Robach to share how her cancer battle has changed her life and saved her marriage to actor Andrew Shue.
Amy discovered she had stage 2 invasive breast cancer after having a mammogram live on “Good Morning America," and underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy. Thankfully, she is now cancer-free and she is sharing how surviving the disease has altered her life.
"It was an out-of-body experience. I was seeing everything in slow motion," she says of the moment she learned of her cancer diagnosis. "I was borderline hysterical." She says she never thought cancer could happen to her noting she believed she was taking care of herself and did not have a family history of it. Seven years later and free of the disease, Amy is focused on what she has control of regarding her health, which involves paying close attention to what she eats, exercise, and her relationships. She says she wakes up every day and asks, "How can I enjoy myself today?" explaining she now savors every moment of her day and strives to be the best version of herself.
She also tells Dr. Ian Smith that cancer "100 percent" saved her marriage, noting that roughly 80 percent of second marriages with blended families end in divorce.
"We were really struggling. It is not easy to blend families... and then when the cancer diagnosis came we were still struggling. It wasn't like it suddenly got better, but through fighting for my life and having Andrew there with me for every single chemo appointment, holding my hand, we started learning how not to sweat the small stuff," she reveals, explaining they both sought help from therapists and found the health scare to be a "huge wakeup call to work on us."
She adds, "It absolutely saved my marriage, no question."
Amy also shares a message to others battling cancer, "Accepting what [the diagnosis] is and not thinking about what could have been or should have been... and also one of the biggest things I learned is to accept love and charity " she says, noting that time is not something we are guaranteed. Adding, "There is life during treatment and there is life after treatment, so go live it."
Another saving grace from beating cancer has been the changes to Amy's diet, not only what she eats, but how and when. She tells us she is now an intermittent faster and has been living a ketogenic lifestyle for the past 4 years. Her mom Joanie Robach also went Keto and joins The Doctors to share some of her and Amy’s favorite Keto recipes, for low-carb cinnamon granola, baked chicken, and creamed spinach.