On Wednesday, Jan. 15, the 40-year-old mother of two opened up about her decision to "take control" away from breast cancer in a visible way, writing in a personal post for ABC News that, "Having cancer is one thing, LOOKING like you have cancer is another thing. It's a disease that already takes so much."
The journalist, who has completed two out of eight rounds of chemotherapy, "started to notice, slowly, but surely," that her hair was falling out. So, as she said before heading to the salon, she was "taking control of something that I have very little control of...I'm going to cut my hair very short."
In mid-November, her doctors performed a bilateral mastectomy followed by reconstructive surgery. The surgery went well, and as Amy's doctors told her bluntly, "That mammogram just saved your life."
"I can only hope my story will do the same and inspire every woman who hears it to get a mammogram, to take a self-exam," she wrote. "No excuses. It is the difference between life and death."