Robin Roberts has gone through a lot during the last decade.
"Ten years ago I had just been promoted to co-anchor at Good Morning America. On a blind date, I met the most wonderful woman, Amber. Two years later, breast cancer. I thankfully recover," the 54-year-old star recently recounted to People.
Robin while battling breast cancer in February 2008. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"[Five years after that,] GMA finally becomes number one in the [ratings], and the same day I'm told I have two years left to live if I don't find a bone marrow donor. Answering a prayer, my sister is a perfect match. Then, days before my transplant, I have to rush home to be by my beloved mother's side. I was the one holding her hand when she took her last breath," she continued.
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Robin was diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer in 2007, which she treated with eight rounds of chemotherapy, more than six week of radiation, a lumpectomy and a partial mastectomy. Just a few years later, she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood disorder that affects the bone marrow. Then, in 2012, the journalist sadly lost her mother, Lucimarian Tolliver, at age 88.
Robin with her mother, Lucimarian, in April 2006. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"It's been ten years of immense sorrow, but also joy. You pick yourself back up and you keep moving forward as best you can. My sweet mama taught me that when you are knocked down, it takes courage to believe that the best is yet to come. This too shall pass. I've lived through hard times and I am stronger for it — and I'm here. I get up every day and do what I can to be strong," Robin said.
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