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A cancer diagnosis is difficult to swallow, regardless of your age. But 40-year-old ABC News journalist Amy Robach is taking a stand against her illness in a very symbolic way by cutting off her long hair — a move she says made her “feel empowered.”

The Good Morning America correspondent was first diagnosed with breast cancer in October, and soon afterward she underwent a double mastectomy. Amy has since begun chemotherapy, already completing two of eight planned treatments. So when she started to see her long locks falling out, she decided to take control of the situation and cut her hair short.

"We know in our line of work that appearance is important — and it's important to anybody and everybody, really — and I decided I was going to take control of one thing away from the cancer, so I got my hair cut," Amy told GMA viewers this morning (January 15).

You go, girl! Her attitude about the whole thing is pretty badass.. and why shouldn’t she be? She’s young, attractive, successful — cancer’s got nothin’ on this lady!

Amy also shared a video from day of the cut, taken while in the salon. "Today I'm taking control of something that I have very little control of,” she begins. “I'm going to cut my hair very short. I've never done this before, but I want to say that I had something to do with how I look, not the cancer."

It wasn’t all smooth-sailing for the journalist — anyone who’s chopped off all of their hair before knows that at first it can feel like losing a part of themselves. But Amy was prepared for the emotions, and she came out the other side feeling even better.

"I knew I'd cry at least once," she said between tears during the cut. "[But] it's like a fresh start, a new chapter."

And though she didn’t need anyone’s approval, when co-anchor George Stephanopoulos told her how great she looked with her new cut (she really does!), it probably didn’t hurt.

"You know how fantastic you look, right?" he said during the broadcast, causing her to reply: "Thank you. I feel free. I feel empowered."

Keep on fighting, girl! You are doing it all right!

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Source: GMA



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