Robin Roberts reflects on second life after near fatal health experience

Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts surpassed a new milestone as she celebrated her health anniversary this year.

The recent episode of Good Morning America became the home of Roberts’ good news about her health.

Roberts, who was previously diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, recalled the health journey she faced and the recovery she triumphed. The journalist was lucky enough to have a second life because of her sister, Sally-Ann, who became her donor.

“I remember calling my sister because then I had to say to her, ‘You are a match. Do you want to go through with this.’ Because sometimes, people will put themselves on the list and say they want to be a donor, and then it gets to that point and they have second thoughts,” she recalled.

She added how her sister responded to her call, telling her she felt she was born to be her donor.

Roberts also recalled the life-saving procedure on Instagram, sharing a photo of herself holding up nine fingers to mark the ninth anniversary of surviving the health issue.

“Quiet dinner at home w/ [my] sweet [girlfriend] Amber [Laign] & @lil_man_lukas to mark 9 years since my bone marrow transplant,” she captioned the post. “Everybody’s got something. And I’m hopeful to be a reminder that this too shall pass. #lightlovepowerpresence.”

Meanwhile, her production company, Rock’n Robin TV, also marked the nine years since she underwent a bone marrow transplant through an Instagram post.

“9 years ago today @robinrobertsgma underwent a life saving bone marrow transplant. As a transplant patient herself, she has a first hand experience on the road to recovery.”

Roberts has another good news

In the same post by her production company, it revealed that Roberts’ milestone also gave birth to a great news.

Per the post, it will be part of the Last Chance Transplant on Discovery+. Rock’n Robin TV will share the stories of the six patients who wait for good news about their organ transplants.

The series will premiere on September 22. Robin reposted it to her Instagram Stories to invite more viewers on the platform.

The anniversary came years after Roberts spoke about her illness multiple times. She, reportedly, wanted to do so to destigmatize the ailment while encouraging awareness.

Before having bone marrow myelodysplastic syndrome, Roberts also faced a battle against breast cancer in 2007. She underwent six weeks of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery to beat the dreaded disease.

Featured image courtesy of Robin_Roberts_at_Heart_Truth_2010.jpg: The Heart Truth, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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