Here’s what the 64-year-old news anchor had to share:
On being diagnosed and going public: “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. Robin [Roberts] told me waiting for your hair to fall out is excruciating. So I didn’t want to wait.”
On looking in the mirror: “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.”
On deciding to pose with no wig: “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.”
We wish Joan all the best and are sending healing vibes her way!