Test Text1 plain Now, to a "Gma" exclusive. Former "Dancing with the stars" co-host, Samantha Harris, announced just last week that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and has decided to undergo... See More
Test Text1 plain Now, to a "Gma" exclusive. Former "Dancing with the stars" co-host, Samantha Harris, announced just last week that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and has decided to undergo a double-mastectomy. I had a chance to talk to her about how she made this decision and what it will mean for her and her family. Because of the treatment she and I are both undergoing right now, we wanted to meet in person. But we had to speak via satellite from Los Angeles. You have processed so much over the past few weeks, how are you feeling? I'm feeling great. Had I not discovered this, I would have no idea I even have cancer because I'm operating at 100%. Clearly, the diagnosis takes its emotional toll. Let's talk about the time it took to get where you are right now. You and I had our mammograms a week apart. And you had an all-clear. And yet, you find a lump. Even though doctors told you it wasn't cancer, you said, I'm going to keep investigating. Was it a gut feeling? It was a gut feeling. That and my mom in my ear, and my dad saying, see a specialist. It took my four months saying, this doesn't sit Wright with me. Four months later, I had a needle biopsy and an mri right after we scheduled a lumpectomy. And the pathology in the operating room, no cancer. I'm out of anesthesia, my husband is next to me. And I didn't take him with me to the follow-up with my surgeon because I didn't have cancer. That gives me chills. That's something we also both share. We received our cancer diagnosis alone. How did you react? I start to realize, they keep saying carcinoma. That means cancer. I must have cancer. The tears started to well up in my eyes. I tried to stay focused. It wasn't until the surgeon left the room, all I wanted to do was crumble into my husband's arms. You're a mom of two girls, where my thoughts went in the very first seconds. Oh, my goodness. I'm going to fight this. How am I going to tell my two daughters? I know that's where my mind went. It went to a different place when you're a parent and have a diagnosis of this. You want to make sure all of the things you're present for. I lost my dad to colon cancer. He was just 50. And to have him not present when I got married, when I had my first daughter and then, my second, has been really hard for me. I always think, in the back of my mind, I don't want to not there there for my kids. How are your kids handling this? We wanted to tell them separately. My husband and I together. But separately. We could tailor them to their ages. You chose to do a bilateral mastectomy. It came down to chances. This is a sisterhood that you don't want to be part of. But the women I have met already are incredible women. Reading your story, and robin's, gave me so much inspiration. And gave me hope. Hope that I, too, will get through this, as you are currently doing. And as robin has. And be stronger and a better person on the other side. And you know, Samantha's story, we know is so important because this is about being your own advocate. And about crust trusting your gut. Sometimes that gets you to -- we both had situations where doctors don't know everything. And different doctors have different opinions. So, Samantha found that out through her own tenacity. It's important to know your own body. I found mine through self-exam. I knew it was different. And what she is doing, and what she is sharing, and I know how difficult it is for her. But I'm sure, talking to you, Amy -- Just like I talked to you on the phone many times. She and I had several phone conversations because it is a scary path. But it's one that many of us have traveled before. And it's an encouragement to everyone. Test Text1 italics
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