This week’s #WomanCrushWednesday goes out to a bestselling author, award-winning journalist, motivational speaker and breast cancer survivor, Joan Lunden. She grew up in Fair Oaks, California and went to college at Cal State University, Sacramento. Her first job in TV news was at a local affiliate in Sacramento. Years later, she moved to New York for another news job and changed her name. (Fun fact – she was born Joan Blunden – she was advised to drop the B to avoid being called “Blunder.”) She joined Good Morning America in 1976 and hosted the show for nearly twenty years, covering four U.S. Presidents and First Ladies (Gerald and Betty Ford, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Ronald and Nancy Regan, and Bill and Hillary Clinton). She also covered five Olympiads and reported from more than two dozen countries. She covered the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana and was one of only three American journalists to interview Prince Charles when he visited the U.S. in 1983.
She did a lot of things during her illustrious news career many of us would be terrified to do – climbing and rappelling glaciers, bungee-jumping, whitewater rafting and paragliding. That brave spirit served her well in 2014, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent chemotherapy, radiation, AND surgery. She’s been on more than 60 books and magazine covers throughout her life, but perhaps none more memorable and powerful than when she appeared – sans hair – on the cover of People. According to her, it wasn’t the comfortable decision, but it was the right one. She wanted to be a voice for the millions of women diagnosed with cancer every year, and to remind folks that you health is more important than your hair. She is now cancer-free!
These days, the fearless Joan Lunden keeps busy as a health and wellness advocate for women, with whom she communicates through her website and social media. She has published a dozen books. She’s also a national spokesperson for a number of organizations, including The American Heart Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and A Place for Mom – that’s an organization that helps caregivers and families find the right care for their elders, which she represents with authenticity – she took care of her own mom, who suffered from dementia. She has seven kids herself, including two sets of twins.
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