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  From Devastation to Transformation:
Amy Robach Reflects on Life Before, During and After Breast Cancer
MALLORY SIEGFRIED, E-COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST, GREATER LEHIGH VALLEY REALTORS®
 Photo Credit: Elaine Zelker Photography
While reflecting on a conversation with Captain Chesley Sullenberger and the passengers who were aboard U.S. Airways Flight 1549 – the Airbus A320 they were flying in struck a flock of geese and Sullenberger was forced to ditch the plane in the Hudson River; all 155 people aboard survived – Amy Robach was best able to summarize her keynote speech for the Greater Lehigh Valley REAL- TORS® 7th Annual Signature Event held on June 13, 2019:
“One of the [Miracle on the Hudson] passengers said to me, ‘At one point in everyone's life, everyone experiences their plane crash,’” Robach remembered. "It doesn't have to be cancer. It doesn't have to be an actual plane crash. At one point in everyone's life, you reach a point where you realize that life is not guaranteed. That tomorrow is not guaranteed. That today is all we have."
Inspirational, motivational and transformative, Robach’s keynote at the Musikfest Café at SteelStacks in Bethle- hem took the audience of more than 350 on a journey of how to live life, not how to live a long life, and how to live with an attitude of gratitude.
As a breaking news anchor for "Good Morning America," co-anchor of ABC's "20/20," and a reporter across ABC News, Robach has one of the most recognizable names and faces in journalism. In addition to interviewing count- less newsmakers and celebrities, Robach has traveled nationally and internationally to cover major news events.
She reported on the terrorist attacks in Manchester, UK and in Brussels, Belgium, as well as the mass shootings at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX, Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Sandy Hook elementary school in Newton, Connecticut, and the targeting of po- lice officers in Dallas, TX.
In November 2013, Robach was thrust into the public consciousness for more than her journalism. After receiv- ing a mammogram on live television, Robach revealed on “Good Morning America” that she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
What follows below are lessons and change that Robach learned and implemented during and after what she calls a devastating, transformative and inspirational cancer journey (For the full interview with Robach, visit the News section at www.GreaterLehighValleyRealtors.com):
For the real estate professional – or any professional, really – how can your story and your journey not only help them in their personal lives but also in the work- place and within the team and office setting?
It was my work and my job that got me through treatment because you never realize how much it's important in your life to have that structure, something to look forward to, something to accomplish. Having my job while I was going through cancer treatment actually ended up being this huge, amazing, safe haven, and oasis, which is not what I would have imagined.
What I realized was that, when you're going through something scary and frightening, when your security has been taken from you, and you don't know what is going to happen around the bend, you realize how important it is to have that incredible team around you and to have a place to go to each morning and to find joy in your co- workers and support. It was really a beautiful thing.
Going forward in terms of my career, everything did get put into perspective. When you enjoy your job, it's such
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