Television personality Joan Lunden will discuss her new book “Had I Known: A Memoir of Survival” on Wednesday, September 30, at 7 p.m., at Books and Greetings in Northvale.
In September 2014, she graced the cover of People magazine with a shaved head, publicly removing the wig she wore while undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. In doing so, she hoped to empower other women who were facing the same battle.
In her book, which was on sale Tuesday, she shares the inspirational story of her personal fight against cancer — from that first moment of shock when she realized what was happening to her, her first impulse to keep her diagnosis private as she faced the specter of her own mortality, and, ultimately, the path that not only saved her life, but helped her redefine her values and become healthier than ever before.
Although she always had regularly scheduled mammograms, Lunden’s cancer was discovered when she took the advice of breast cancer expert Dr. Susan Love, who told her that because she had dense breasts, she should have an ultrasound as well as a mammogram. She was shocked when her own Stage 2 diagnosis came through.
As the mother of seven with a hectic career, she had no choice but to fight the battle with the support of her husband, children, family, and friends, as well as millions of television fans.
Books and Greetings is located in the Northvale Square Shopping Center, 211 Livingston St., Northvale. (201) 784-2665 or www.booksandgreetings.com