"Optimism Is Like A Muscle": Robin Roberts Reveals What Helped Her Overcome Breast Cancer And Other Trials
August 8, 2018 16:35 By Fabiosa
Among all U.S. anchors of morning TV shows, Robin Roberts is one of the most popular. She’s been on ABC’s Good Morning America since 2005, and she worked at ESPN from 1990 to 2005, so you can say she has made a name for herself and her career is quite spectacular.
Roberts’ path to success hasn’t always been smooth. It was overshadowed by two major health crises and the death of the person she loved most. But this woman has the strongest will to live, and she’s incredibly resilient, which she has proven time and time again.
In 2007, Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer. After months of grueling treatment, which involved chemo and radiation, she was declared cancer-free.
About five years later, in 2012, a serious condition caused by Robin’s previous cancer treatment made its presence felt. She was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a condition that affects the bone marrow and prevents new blood cells from developing properly. Without a bone marrow transplant Robin had only months to live, she was told by her doctors.
Fortunately, Roberts’ sister Sally-Ann was a perfect match. Roberts was preparing to undergo the much-needed bone marrow transplant, when she was hit by the devastating news: her mother was seriously ill. Roberts rushed to her hometown and managed to arrive just in time to say goodbye to her mom.
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Just imagine having to go through all of this! But Roberts persevered. She wrote a candid memoir about her struggles titled Everybody’s Got Something, which was published in 2014. The book earned praise from critics and readers alike. Here’s a quote from the BookPage review:
Delivered with candor and optimism, Everybody’s Got Something is a remarkable book that offers a blueprint for handling crises with grace and faith.
Just before the book hit the stands, Roberts shared her credo in an interview with Diane Sawyer, her colleague at ABC:
Optimism is like a muscle – it gets stronger with use.
Oh, what great words to live by!