In an interview with her sister and bone marrow donor, Sally-Ann, “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts let viewers in on her journey to recovery.
“Good Morning America” showed snippets of the interview which first aired on WWL in New Orleans, where Sally-Ann is an anchor.
“It’s a journey that kind of zig zags and there are complications but I feel stronger every day,” Roberts said.
Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant in September. After 30 days, Robin was able to leave the hospital but she recently had to return for what she called a “tuneup,” after a latent virus was not responding to medication.
“When I recently went back into the hospital, I was emotionally down,” Roberts said. “I have felt the prayers. I have felt people lifting me up. I put no small measure on that being the reason why I’m doing as well as I am.”
Dr. Gail Roboz, an oncologist who is a member of Robin’s team also appeared on the show and explained her recovery process. Robin went to the hospital for what she called a “tuneup,” after a latent virus was not responding to medication.
“She rallied so quickly and she has been recovering very, very quickly,” Roboz said.
The process of moving forward still contains challenges though.
“She is not ready to be in crowds,” Roboz said.
Friday is Robin’s birthday and her doctor told her that she would be able to go out to the “early-bird special,” when less people are out.
Robin also opened up to her sister about dealing with the loss of their mother.
“This is the first time that I have been through any traumatic experience without her being here and that has weighed on me,” Roberts said. “She was there when I took my first breath and what an honor it was to be there when she took her last.”
Robin’s message continues to be one of hope and inspiration.
“We’re all a little bit stronger than we think we are,” Roberts said.
She is fighting a bone marrow disorder called myelodysplastic syndrome.
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