Inspirational Joan Lunden Covers People During Breast Cancer Battle

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Sep. 24 2014, Updated 12:23 p.m. ET

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Joan Lunden, speaking with the TODAY show on Wednesday, said that her decision to be on cover of the People magazine as she undergoes chemotherapy in her battle against breast cancer was to inspire and instill confidence in those in a similar situation.

"I knew I could be a voice for a quarter of a million women who are diagnosed every year with breast cancer,” the 64-year-old said, “and I wanted to show that your health is more important than your hair.

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“Your hair grows back after you stop chemo, and then you have your life."

The former Good Morning America anchor, who had a tumor removed on Tuesday, said that being on the cover of the magazine “was such a tough decision” to come to terms on.

“As a parent, I worried how my kids would think," Lunden said. "And it wasn’t the comfortable decision — knowing you were going to be seen by everyone in such a vulnerable way — but I know it was the right decision."

"I knew I could be a voice for a quarter of a million women who are diagnosed every year with breast cancer, and I wanted to show that your health is more important than your hair. Your hair grows back after you stop chemo, and then you have your life."

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She said when she asked her kids if she should wear a wig for the shot, her 11-year-old son Max told her to “definitely do it without hair,” as her high profile empowered her with the platform to “make a difference and save lives.”

The recovering Lunden is sporadically appearing on NBC’s morning vehicle as part of October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness movement.

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