'We would have blowout fights': Amy Robach reveals marriage to Andrew Shue almost collapsed during her cancer struggle but therapy kept them together
Amy Robach never thought cancer would happen to her, but it did - and it nearly destroyed her fledgling marriage to former Melrose Place star Andrew Shue in the process.
The Good Morning America host, 42, revealed the shock breast cancer diagnosis sent them both into an emotional tailspin.
Amy's ordeal caused 'massive ups and downs' in the relationship, but through therapy she and Andrew, 48, were able to pick up the pieces and salvage the union, she revealed in an interview with People.
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'Massive ups and downs': Amy Robach, 42, has revealed that her battle with breast cancer nearly destroyed her marriage to former Melrose Place star Andrew Shue, 48; the couple was pictured September 24
Their marriage got off to a tumultuous start after they said 'I do' in 2010 following a whirlwind courtship of just 10 months.
'We were learning how to live with each other,' Amy recalled of their early months of marriage.
Together the couple was raising their combined children - her two daughters, Annalise, nine, and Ava, 12, with ex-husband Tim McIntosh and Andrew's three sons from his former marriage to Jennifer Hageney, Nate, 19, Aiden, 17, and Wyatt, 12.
'We would have blowout fights,' Amy told People. 'Just so much passion between us. It was like clockwork - we called them the Friday-night fighs. Everything that was making you crazy all week came out.'
Shock diagnosis: Amy revealed her breast cancer diagnosis to colleague - and cancer survivor - Robin Roberts on GMA with Andrew by her side on November 11, 2013
Ordeal: The journalist found out she had breast cancer after she underwent an on-air mammogram for a GMA segment promoting October Pink Initiative
The breast cancer diagnosis was a devastating jolt and neither knew how to deal with it, which caused their relationship to suffer.
'I was just too tired to do it anymore,' Amy confessed. 'That's when you really get nervous, when you just stop caring and you can't do it. At that moment you figure out how to make it work or you walk away.'
The breast cancer diagnosis two years ago was a shock to the system, and came about after Amy agreed to have a mammogram on air for a Good Morning America segment promoting the October Pink Initiative.
Amy revealed her diagnosis to co-host Robin Roberts - and fellow cancer survivor - on November 11, 2013, with Andrew by her side and keeping a supportive hand on her knee.
The television journalist weighed her treatment options and decided to undergo a bilateral mastectomy - which was a good thing as another previously undetected malignancy was found during surgery.
Surgery was followed by six months of chemotherapy and a lot of physical pain.
Amy, who had prided herself on her independence and emotional self-reliance, was hit by a feeling of helplessness.
Growing pains: The independent GMA host found herself feeling 'very needy' during her cancer struggle; Amy was pictured with her daughters Annalise and Ava from a previous marriage and Andrew on May 5, 2014
She said: 'All of a sudden I felt like I needed him in a very needy way, and that's not my personality. It threw everything up in the air. It was rough for several months.'
Andrew, best known for playing Billy Campbell on TV's former series Melrose Place, had always been the sensitive one in the relationship.
Trying to gauge Amy's feelings was especially difficult and Andrew found himself 'walking on eggshells' around her, telling People: 'Like, "Did I say the right thing? You'd think it would be obvious - just be as affectionate and loving as possible - but sometimes they want to be on their own.'
After Amy's final session of chemotherapy in April of 2014, the couple took a closer look at their relationship and struggled to rediscover the spark.
Ex factor: Andrew was previously wed to floral designer Jennifer Hageney from 1994 to 2008 and they had three sons together; the former couple was pictured in 1998
In order to save their crumbling marriage, they went to therapy, as a couple and separately as well.
'We knew that if we could just get back to what our connection was about and be honest about the fears, then we could get through it,' Andrew told People, adding: 'I'm not a quitter and she is not a quitter.'
Although Amy is now cancer-free, she is aware that the dreaded disease can come back but she won't worry unnecessarily.
Instead, she is appreciating every moment with her family, telling People: 'My daughters will tell you that I am there more now, not just physically but mentally I am just there in a way I wasn't before. You choose your moments differently. That's the gift of facing death.'
As for her marriage to Andrew, Amy said: 'I learned how strong we can be together. We're a solid team now.'
Drama: As Billy Campbell in TV's popular primetime soap Melrose Place (1992-1998), Andrew had to deal with a lot of drama
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