Best-Selling Author & Heart Health Activist
An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, and women's health & wellness advocate, Joan Lunden has been a trusted voice in American homes for more than 30 years. For nearly two decades, Lunden greeted viewers each morning on Good Morning America bringing insight to the day’s top stories. As the longest running female host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 5 presidents, 5 Olympics, and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families, and their health. Read More >
Joan Lunden Addressing a Women's Summit
Fight Like a Warrior
Don't Limit Your Possibilities
Former host of Good Morning America, health advocate, international speaker, mother of seven, grandmother of one and New York Times bestselling author, Joan Lunden, speaks candidly about her battle against breast cancer and her quest to learn about it and teach others, and the transformative effect it has had on her life. Read More >
With a large extended family counting on her, giving up was not an option. After announcing her diagnosis of Stage 2 Triple Negative Breast Cancer on Good Morning America, people all over the country rallied around Joan as she went into warrior mode. Joan appeared on the cover of People Magazine bald, showing the world her brave resolve and that breast cancer does not need to define you.
Joan’s illness has changed her in profoundly unexpected ways and has redefined her values and most of all, her health. Following a new clean and healthy way of eating, Joan became her best advocate by taking control of her nutrition, which helped combat the adverse side effects of chemotherapy like a warrior.
Uncharacteristically vulnerable, irreverent and straight from the heart, this presentation is a deeply personal and powerful story of pain, persistence, and perseverance in which Joan openly evaluates her decision to go public with her battle, shaving her head, wig shopping, re-connecting with her viewers, rediscovering her purpose, and ultimately realizing that sometimes you have to look back to move forward. Read Less ^
At age 39, Joan Lunden was doing a story on heart disease, but ended up failing the American Heart Association's health test. This is when she made a personal commitment to improve herself inside and out. After losing 50 pounds, climbing mountains, and beginning a metamorphosis, she became an active member of the Association and has done campaigns with Go Red for Women and Chose to Move. In this speech, Lunden discusses the choices we make, not only about our heart health, but about our professional and family lives. She explains how those choices determine the direction of our lives and that by making small lifestyle changes, such as knowing the signs of a heart attack, the epidemic can be reduced significantly. Audiences will receive crucial information on wellness and heart disease, as well as the motivation to take charge of their own health.
"We were thrilled to have Joan Lunden speak to the Virginia MGMA. She was warm, friendly and knowledgeable as she shared her insights into the 10 traits of highly successful people. Everyone loved it."
"The women of Greenville are STILL talking about your visit—you made quite an impact on our community and brought such positive energy to us. I cannot thank you enough for your generous spirit and kindness—to say the least, you've left big shoes to fill in the years to come."
"Ms. Lunden’s participation drew a huge crowd of over 200 participants to the inaugural event, and she electrified the room with her inspiring life story and commitment to women’s health and wellness. She is an incredibly engaging and thoughtful speaker, and her participation was a critical component to the success of the event."
"On behalf of everyone at Lafayette, I would like to express our appreciation for your exceptional contribution at Commencement. Your speech was both inspiring and completely relevant to our graduates as they look to life after college. I have heard from a great many of our students, faculty, and staff that your speech was outstanding and much appreciated."