The Good Morning America host says she's taking intense meds but is happy to be a survivor
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It’s not the happiest anniversary, but Good Morning America host Amy Robach is making the best of it.

“October 30 is the day I found out I had breast cancer, and that’s the day I’m going to start marking my anniversary, because that’s the day I started surviving,” Robach told PEOPLE at the Breast Cancer Research Fund luncheon in New York City on Thursday.

So how will she spend the day? “I decided instead of feeling sad and reflecting about what happened a year ago, I’m going to make the day about somebody else. We’re throwing a wedding party for my colleague Sara Haines at our apartment to celebrate her new beginning!”

During her recovery Robach is taking tamoxifen, which helps prevent a recurrence. “I’ll be on it for 10 years,” she says of the drug that causes hot flashes. “My new catchphrase is ’41 is the new 55.’ I now know what it’s like to go through menopause.”

But instead of complaining, “I’m fighting,” she says proudly. And she’s feeling great, too. “I just told my husband [former Melrose Place star Andrew Shue] I almost feel like my old self again. I’m almost at 100 percent.”

These days she’s pondering her next look. “I’m debating on growing my hair back. I’ve still got all these little chemo hairs growing back,” she says ruffling her pixie cut. “But the hair’s been fun. It was a strange by-product of having cancer, that I actually ended up with a haircut I liked!”

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