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11/22/2013 02:44 pm ET

ABC News' Amy Robach Diagnosed With Second Tumor, Plans To Return To Work

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ABC News' Amy Robach disclosed in a letter to her colleagues on Friday that while undergoing a double mastectomy last week doctors discovered another previously undetected tumor, but that won't stop her from returning back to work as planned.

Robach was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier in November only after she underwent an ABC sponsored mammogram on an episode of "Good Morning America." In a letter thanking ABC News, Robach said that her cancer spread to her sentinel lymph node and another malignant tumor was found during surgery. Although she still has more treatment to complete, the ABC News reporter said that she would be returning to work on Monday, December 2nd.

In the letter, Robach said that since her initial diagnosis she has received an "outpouring of support" from her co-workers with everything from emails to flowers to medical advice.

"Physically and emotionally I have been through the ringer, but I am emerging on the other side so much stronger," Robach wrote. "I have a greater appreciation for life, for health and for how such simple acts of kindness can be so incredibly powerful. I am looking through a different lens now…and I am thankful for that as well. There was my life before October 30th and now my life after."

Read the full letter below:

Happy Friday Everyone!

It may be cold and gloomy outside today but it is warm and sunny in my world. This message is long overdue…it has been weighing heavily on me how much gratitude I owe each and every one of you. The unbelievable outpouring of support from ABC began from the first moment I received my diagnosis. Phone calls, emails, cards, flowers, blankets, care packages, food, pajamas, slippers, help with insurance, medical advice….The list goes on and on…It was truly overwhelming how many of you thought of everything anyone could possibly want or need during a time of medical crisis. It brought so many tears of joy to my eyes and warmed my heart more than you’ll ever know to see what my ABC family did for me and for my entire family. In fact, there have been so many emails, it may take me weeks to get back to each and every one of you!

Physically and emotionally I have been through the ringer, but I am emerging on the other side so much stronger. I have a greater appreciation for life, for health and for how such simple acts of kindness can be so incredibly powerful. I am looking through a different lens now…and I am thankful for that as well. There was my life before October 30th and now my life after.

My prognosis is good, I got very lucky finding the cancer through our ABC sponsored mammogram and I got lucky choosing an aggressive approach, bilateral mastectomy, because while in surgery last week my surgeon found a second, undetected malignant tumor. No MRI, no mammogram, no sonogram had found it…it was only through the mastectomy that she discovered it. My cancer had spread to my sentinel lymph node, but not beyond, so I will have more treatments ahead of me, but none that will take me out of work. As of right now, I plan to head back into the building Monday, December 2nd and I couldn’t be more excited to get back to work.

Your support and love has made this all an experience that has given me the strength to fight the fear and hopefully help others do the same in the days/weeks/years to come!

With much love,

Amy

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