Joan Lunden Loses Her Wig and Shows Her Post-Cancer Self
When Joan Lunden was diagnosed with breast cancer in June of 2014, no one knew what to expect. I think growing up with her on the television made it feel like a family member was sick. We knew that she would have to undergo chemotherapy and such but no one knew what to expect when it came to Lunden’s physical appearance. Known for her cropped blonde hair, it was hard to imagine her looking any other way than like she always did, except when she appeared on the cover of People in September, sans wig. Now, Joan has decided that she is ready to take the wig off of breast cancer for good and show her true self and I think she looks gorgeous! Lunden, 64, made her wig-less debut on June 17th in Washington, D.C. Occasion: Women’s Breast Health Day. Could there be a more fitting time?
Furthermore, in just a few short days, it will be an official year that the former news anchor came out with her diagnosis. When she chatted with People Magazine, Lunden had this to say about her unveiling: “[Taking off my wig] rattled me but it also empowered me. There’s a new person that’s emerged and it’s a person who I think can affect change in a really positive way and I think I can be more affective if I let people see that.” Not knowing how fans would react, Joan decided that she would go out to her son’s soccer game to test the wig-less waters. No one even noticed who she was, which is amazing because I think I would know Joan Lunden no matter what. “Now everybody just has to get over the ‘oh my god’ stage,” Lunden added.
Lunden, who has seven children, is now an activist for cancer survivors as she has launched Alive With Joan. It is an online channel that is aimed to help sufferers and those in remission deal with daily life. “This battle has turned me into an advocate and an activist. I used to come to Washington to interview people, now I’m coming here to try and affect change.” We think that this is a great look for her and that she truly is an inspiration, more so than she ever was before. Good job Joan and we wish you nothing but the best for your health in the future.