Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts has publicly documented her battle with cancer since she was diagnosed in 2012.
At the time, doctors told Roberts that she had a rare blood disorder called myelodysplastic syndrome or MDS. Later that year, Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant, receiving donor cells from her sister Sally Ann. Since then, Roberts has been in remission and has headed back to her job on the morning news show.
Roberts has not kept many things secret when it came to her fight with cancer and now she has released a tell-all memoir about her incredible story. The book, titled Everybody’s Got Something, details Roberts journey and her amazing support system that helped her through the hardest time of her life.
Roberts was originally told by the doctors that she only had two years to live. Hearing that kind of news would be terrifying for anyone, but Roberts said, with the help of her family, friends, and girlfriend of nine years Amber Laign, she was able to take on the challenge of beating the disease that had taken control over her body. “A doctor told me I had one to two years to live without a transplant,” Roberts revealed to PEOPLE magazine. “I feel like I am a walking miracle.”
It's been a long & exciting day. I'm incredibly grateful that my book #EverybodysGotSomething has been released & embraced. Wow! G'nite. XO
— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) April 23, 2014
Amber has always tried to remain out of the spotlight, but Roberts said she had to acknowledge her, and give her credit, in the book for taking such good care of her. “Even though Amber is someone who shies away from the spotlight, it was important for me to let people know I have this person in my life,” Roberts explained.
Roberts also explained that she still receives low doses of chemotherapy every six to eight weeks. She will continue this treatment until the two-year anniversary of her bone marrow transplant. As of now, Roberts is in remission and is feeling better than ever. “I can go to the doctor now and not have to hold my breath as much when they’re drawing blood and I’m waiting for the results to come back,” she said. “I can be sick now like everybody else and it doesn’t mean I’m going to land back in the hospital.”
Click here to read an excerpt from Roberts’ book.
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