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Last year, Good Morning America anchor and breast cancer survivor Robin Roberts inspired us all when she emerged with great vitality from a bone-marrow transplant she received from her sister. Today, Roberts is celebrating the gift-of-life — one year since the risky surgery.
“I’m going to beat this,” Roberts said when she first learned about her myelodysplastic syndrome diagnosis, a disease of the blood and bone marrow. She was given a second chance at life, thanks to her sister Sally Ann; Roberts touchingly calls the one-year anniversary since the transplant her “First Birthday”:
“Unlike my first first birthday — which of course I don’t remember — this time around I know I will never forget all the people who have reached out to me over the past year. Your words of encouragement, smiling faces, and prayers have carried me through the toughest times. I know that I would not have made it to this milestone without you.”
In a PSA (below), Roberts pushes for more bone marrow donors as a way of increasing the chances of finding a match. According to Be A Match’s official website, 70 percent of “people do not have a donor in their family and depend on our Be The Match Registry to find a match to save their life,” it said. “Be A Match offers people the unique opportunity to help a patient by donating bone marrow or umbilical cord blood. ”
Roberts says she felt so blessed by the renewal of her life that it is her mission to inspire others to give people with life-threatening blood cancers a second-chance as well. “That is my birthday wish… that you all find the strength within yourselves to push forward and have people in your lives who will be there to love you through it,” Roberts said.
Click here for more information about the quick and easy steps in joining Be A Match.
TV journalist Robin Roberts is back! The New York Times reports that one year after leaving ABC’s Good Morning America for a bone marrow transplant, and six months after returning part-time, she has returned full-time as the show’s co-host.
She returned to a five-day-a-week schedule yesterday morning. Roberts made the announcement at an event recently celebrating the US Open tennis tournament.
“I’m looking forward to it,” she said, according to People magazine. “I want to get back to my full life.”
Her comments came almost a year to the day when Roberts signed off from the show, after being diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, known as M.D.S., a rare and debilitating blood disorder. She had a bone marrow transplant that saved in September.
During Roberts’ medical leave, ABC anchors Amy Robach and Elizabeth Vargas were her main substitutes. And they continued to fill in after Roberts came back to the morning program part-time in February. Roberts typically worked three or four days a week, adhering to her doctors’ advice about a gradual comeback, reports The Times.
Good Morning America has been pulling in good ratings. The program just celebrated a full year at number one, marking a generational change in morning television, a category that had been led by NBC’s Today show for 16 years, reports the newspaper.
Will you watch Roberts on Good Morning America?
We all sucked our teeth and rolled our eyes at Juror B-37 when she appeared on Anderson Cooper not even a week after the George Zimmerman verdict had been delivered. It was clear, with the announcement of her pending book deal, that she was trying to find a way to make a quick buck off of this highly charged case.
Even though it was despicable, there’s nothing new about people selling their souls for a dollar. What infuriated me about Juror B29, “Maddy” was that I can’t understand her purpose… Not that’s entirely true. It’s very clear that she was trying to absolve herself of the guilt she felt.
Throughout her interview with Robin Roberts, she tried to explain away her responsibility for letting Zimmerman walk.
“I was the juror that was going to give them the hung jury. I fought to the end.”
“I felt like I let a lot of people down, and I’m thinking to myself, ‘Did I go the right way? Did I go the wrong way?”
“It’s hard for me to sleep, it’s hard for me to eat because I feel I was forcefully included in Trayvon Martin’s death. And as I carry him on my back, I’m hurting as much Trayvon’s Martin’s mother because there’s no way that any mother should feel that pain.”
all sound like someone soliciting sympathy for effing up. Which is exactly what she did. Now, I know legal analysts will argue that Florida’s self defense/Stand Your Ground laws are very clear and can’t be refuted but as a juror I have the opportunity to interpret the law in a manner that will ensure that justice is served. So if you truly believed George murdered Trayvon, it should have been a hung jury. Sure, a hung jury might have meant that Zimmerman would have been acquitted in another trial but then you wouldn’t have had any part in letting Zimmerman walk away free.
She punked out.
And I’m going to be real- as the lone minority on the jury, she didn’t do her job. It was clear that a minority on the jury was needed and required to bring balance to the jury, to insure fairness, to make sure that racism didn’t ultimately determine the verdict. But instead she allowed her fellow jurors to convince her that a man she believed and still believes to be guilty of murder, to walk away free.
If her intent was to solicit sympathy or provide clarity as to how they reached their verdict, her interview with ABC didn’t accomplish any of that. Instead, she’s riled me up all over again. To think there was a juror who could have served justice but was swayed by popular opinion is not just disheartening, it’s disgusting and tragic. One of our Facebook friends called it yesterday when she said, “In the words of Rasheeda [of Love and Hip Hop Atlanta] So, you got peer pressured wit your grown A$$.”
And then to add insult to injury “Maddy” claims that she’s hurting as much as Trayvon’s mother Sybrina. Baby, bye! How disrespectful. B29′s children, all 8 of them, are still living. There is no.way. you could understand what Sybrina is going through right now. And being one of the people who could have provided a modicum of solace by sending her son’s killer to jail, it’s even more insulting to claim you identify with her plight. If you truly identified with her, if you truly felt her pain you would have never acquitted her son’s killer. Never.
Trayvon Martin, Florida’s shortcomings and the racial injustices that are all too common in this country are still on my mind. But I will admit the raw emotions, the hurt and anger that I initially felt when I heard the verdict had subsided. Then when B29 came forward this week, all of those feelings came bubbling back up to the surface. I honestly wish she’d stayed in the shadows.
What do you think about B29′s account of being on the jury? Did you feel sympathy for her?
It’s one thing to be smart, but it’s a whole other to be the top of the class. Before these famous folks were topping charts, television ratings, or setting other records, it was their grades that brought them recognition. Check out these surprising salutatorians and valedictorians.
White coat anxiety is real. If you’ve ever gone to the doctor for a followup after tests, only to be diagnosed with a serious illness like diabetes or cancer, you know exactly what I’m talking about. It can be devastating when you don’t have a clean bill of health. That’s why eating healthily and exercising is so important. But sometimes illnesses just can’t be prevented, no matter how much money or power you have.
We know all too well celebs aren’t immune to illness either. They battle breast cancer, diabetes, and a host of other diseases the same as the rest of us. Perhaps it makes it that much easier to cope with an illness knowing that our fav celeb has had to manage their illness as well. Check out the following stars who are living with serious medical conditions on a daily basis.
“It Was The Best Thing That Could Have Happened To Me” Chad Talks His 7 Day Jail Sentence With Robin Roberts
I doubt any of us were really feeling sorry for Chad “OchoCinco” Johnson being sentenced to 30 days in jail. Even though we could argue that the sentencing didn’t fit the probation violation and the butt slap, he’s done enough to warrant a little sit down. And judging by his interview on today’s “Good Morning America” interview, Chad seems to agree.
In his interview with Robin Roberts, he said that the seven days he spent in jail were just what he needed. In fact, he called it “one of the best things that’s ever happened to me.”
On the judge’s sentencing and whether he thought it was fair
“I think that Judge McHugh was able to get me do something many people have tried to get me to do for a long time: slow down, just at life in general. She was able to get me to do that. maybe not in the best circumstances for those on the outside but I see being able to sit down and think about life and where I’m going from this point was probably one of the best things that could happen to me right now.”
What he’s learned from the situation
“Usually, situations like this break people…but I wouldn’t allow anything to break me. I going to be my same positive self. I think with me being Chad it kind of made the judge feel that I wasn’t being serious about the situation but, trust me, I understood exactly what I did. I lost two of the things in life that I loved the most at the time. Football and my now beautiful, I did say beautiful, ex-wife.”
On playing football again
“I think everyone deserves a second chance. Many would say I might not deserve it. I would like to finish my career off the right way. I don’t want the last thing to be remembered you know, well, Chad was cut from the Dolphins for an incident he had with his wife. I would love to grace the football field one more time and to help some team. I’m not injured. There’s nothing wrong with me.”
I find it very interesting that Chad does this interview the day pictures of Evelyn from the almost year-old domestic violence incident are released. Tres bizarre. And the emphasis on the word beautiful was oddly interesting as well. It’s clear Chad is trying to rebuild, professionally in the eyes of the NFL as well as in the eyes of the public. Just like Robin said, we’ll certainly be watching to see what happens to this character. You never know how the cookie will crumble.
Watch the full interview on the next page.
Sources are mumbling about a possible Good Morning America spin-off that would give Robin Roberts her own daytime talk show. Roberts herself has denied this rumor –Broadcasting & Cable quotes a statement from her, ”No one is developing any show for me nor are discussions being had to that effect. I am 100% focused on my health and anchoring GMA, now and in the future” — but the article also says that the folks at ABC have not been shy about the fact that they want to build on the success GMA has enjoyed.
“The buzz about Roberts comes amid ratings woes for Couric’s daytime show, which debuted in fall 2012 under a two-year deal. If the show doesn’t come back after its current deal expires, that slot could open up at 3 p.m. in fall 2014,” B&C continues. That would be fine by us because, as we’ve said before, Katie’s show is a snooze-fest. And the ratings have reflected that. The question is whether Roberts would do any better. She’s been ranked the most trusted person in TV journalism, and she surely has had the support of her colleagues and viewers as she’s battled various health issues.
And, most important for a successful and sustaining daytime talk show, she’s an empathetic interviewer with an engaging and relatable personality. She has a memoir on the way and recently won a prestigious Peabody Award. In other words, she’s phenomenal.
But the competition is stiff. Besides the existing shows, she’s got to deal with Queen Latifah, who will have her own show come fall, as well as Bethenny Frankel and Kris Kardashian. Total aside, we’re gonna predict that the KK show will be cancelled with the quickness.
It’s not like we need another talk show, but if we had to have one, Robin Roberts would be a good choice. She’s a woman who has battled for her life and would surely tackle topics that would be genuinely beneficial to the audience (in addition to the usual lighthearted stuff). We’re always up for more Robin.
“Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts will publish a memoir in 2014 with Grand Central, the publisher announced Wednesday.
The book, which is not yet titled, will include Roberts’ story of her battle with MDS. The disease affects bone marrow and the creation of new blood cells.
“I am humbled that many have an interest, and draw strength from my ongoing journey,” Roberts said. “I’m grateful for the prayers and well wishes of so many people. I’m thrilled that Jamie Raab and Grand Central Publishing will help me tell my story.”.
Read more at EurWeb.com
Reader’s Digest has released its list of the 100 Most Trusted People, and the highest ranking TV news journalist is Robin Roberts. The magazine includes this quote with Roberts’ photo: “All [my parents] wanted was for us to be trustworthy citizens. And there’s a responsibility that goes with that, and it’s not something I take lightly.”
Other high-ranking African Americans on the list include Denzel Washington, who came in at number three, and Maya Angelou at number five. Tom Hanks topped the list.
GMA had a pretty strong showing on the list with Roberts’ co-host George Stephanopoulos coming in at number 57. Matt Lauer barely made the list at 97 and Savannah Guthrie, his relatively new co-anchor, came in at number 85. (Our fake boyfriend Anderson Cooper is at number 50.)
Lauer’s image has taken a very public beating in the wake of Ann Curry’s dismissal. Brian Stelter’s new book Top of the Morning continues the conversation as Lauer seems to be hard at work rebuilding his reputation with a visit to Jay Leno.
Which news anchors do you trust the most?
Since Robin Roberts returned to the set of “Good Morning America” in February, fans of the ABC morning news show have been overjoyed to see their favorite host progressing positively after her bone marrow transplant late last year. Unfortunately, Robin revealed on her Facebook page today that she has suffered a minor setback and had to be briefly hospitalized last week. She wrote:
My heart continues to go out to the remarkably strong people of Boston. We stand by you now and always.
It saddens me that I haven’t been able to join my colleagues in covering this important story.
Last week, in the middle of my Key West vacation, I began not to feel well. Nothing serious, just under the weather. I contacted my doctors and flew back to NYC. They felt it best to admit me into the hospital for a few days. Seems my young immune system needed a little boost to fight off “opportunistic infections”.
My doctors assured me that this was NOT because I was working or doing too much, too soon. It’s extremely common, post bone marrow transplant, to have complications. I’m blessed that mine have not been severe.
I’m feeling MUCH better, and will relax at home for the rest of the week. I’ll be back on GMA next week…as my sweet momma would say: “Good Lord willing, and the creek don’t rise!”
Miss you and bless you..XO
It’s certainly good to know working hasn’t compromised Robin’s health. Here’s wishing a speedy and relaxing recovery to our favorite journalist while she rests at home. We’re looking forward to seeing her back on GMA next week and keeping her in our prayers!