Cancer Type – Breast
Bio – The television anchor overcame breast cancer, but was her chemotherapy the cause of a second cancer?
Short Story – In 2007, “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts wrote an email, “I have breast cancer.” After reporting on a colleague and friends passing of cancer, she did a self breast exam. Fear set in when she found a lump. A biopsy revealed an early form of breast cancer.
Her very public announcement and story provided hope for many. Roberts’ good days and bad days exposed creating an instant connection that only cancer patients can understand. She underwent chemotherapy and won the potentially deadly battle, while her viewers watched, cried, and cheered her on.
It was five years after her breast cancer diagnosis that Robin Roberts revealed she has myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a rare blood disease.
MDS is a relatively rare condition that can lead to a depletion of red or white blood cells, anemia, heavy bleeding. It is estimated there are 10,000 – 20,000 cases per year in the United States. Robin’s second cancer is known as secondary MDS – caused by a chemical, whether a chemotherapy drug or an environmental toxin. It is suspected to have been caused by her breast cancer treatments.
In 2012, she received a bone marrow transplant from her sister. In her book Everybody’s Got Something, Roberts talks about her struggles and how her illnesses have given her a new perspective on life. She was determined to make something good out of all the bad and hopes to help others who might be going through something similar.
Robin we thank you for being open about your health trials to help others and agree with your words, “You need to change the way you think,” she said, “in order to change the way you feel.”
Image Credits – By Robin_Roberts_at_Heart_Truth_2010.jpg: The Heart Truth (Robin_Roberts_at_Heart_Truth_2010.jpg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
|Born||Robin René Roberts November 23, 1960 (age 59), Tuskegee, Alabama, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Southeastern Louisiana University|
|Notable credit(s)||Anchor of Good Morning America (since 2005), Anchor of SportsCenter (1990–2005)|
|Parent(s)||Lawrence E. Roberts|
|Relatives||Sally-Ann Roberts (sister)|