Robin Roberts on Surviving Cancer

Robin Roberts on Surviving Cancer


– YOU WERE DIAGNOSED
WITH BREAST CANCER IN 2007. IS THAT RIGHT?
– MM-HMM. – AND THEN YOU BEAT THAT.
– RIGHT. – AND THEN
YOU ALL THE SUDDEN FIND OUT YOU HAVE SOMETHING THAT NOBODY’S
REALLY HEARD OF, M.D.S. – COULDN’T EVEN PRONOUNCE IT. MYELODYSPLASTIC SYNDROME. WHEN THE DOCTOR SAID M.D.S., I’M LIKE,
“I HAVE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS?” HE GOES, “NO, THAT’S M.S. YOU HAVE M.D.S.” AND LIKE
YOU WENT ON THE INTERNET FOR YOUR BONE SPUR,
I DID THE SAME THING. YOU DON’T WANT TO DO THAT. YOU DON’T WANT TO DO–
YOU JUST–AND I– AFTER ALL THOSE YEARS
OF TELLING PEOPLE NOT TO GO ON THE INTERNET. BUT WHAT IT IS, IT’S A–
I’M VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE TREATMENT THAT
I RECEIVED FOR BREAST CANCER. IT SAVED MY LIFE. I FELL INTO THAT RARE CATEGORY
WHERE IT AFFECTED MY LIFE AND PUT IT
INTO EVEN DEEPER JEOPARDY. M.D.S. IS WHAT USED TO
BE CALLED PRE-LEUKEMIA. IT’S A BONE MARROW
AND BLOOD DISORDER. AND I HAD TO THANKFULLY HAVE
MY SISTER BE A PERFECT MATCH. AND I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW. I HAD NEVER HEARD OF M.D.S. I’D NEVER HEARD OF–
I DIDN’T KNOW– DID YOU KNOW YOU COULD DONATE
YOUR BONE MARROW? YOUR STEM CELLS?
DID YOU KNOW THAT? OH, OKAY, SMARTY-PANTS. [laughter]
ALL RIGHT. – I HAVE A BUNCH OF SMART PEOPLE
IN THE HOUSE. – YOU DO.
– YEAH, THEY’RE SMART. THEY’RE NOT ALLOWED IN HERE
UNLESS THEY ARE SMART. [laughter] SO AND THE BONE MARROW THING– BECAUSE I WAS READING YOUR BOOK
THIS WEEKEND. AND IT’S REALLY FASCINATING
WHAT YOU HAVE GONE THROUGH AND WHAT YOU HAVE SURVIVED. BECAUSE I MEAN, REALLY,
THE PROGNOSIS– WHAT WAS THE DIAGNOSIS? – IT WAS A YEAR TO TWO TO LIVE. I THOUGHT WHEN THE DOCTOR
FIRST TOLD ME THAT THAT I HAD A YEAR OR TWO
TO FIND SOMETHING AND MAYBE TO GET THROUGH THIS. BUT WHEN THEY TURN THE COMPUTER AND SAID, “NO,
THIS IS YOUR LIFE EXPECTANCY.” SO I’M NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HERE. I’M NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HERE.
– YOU’RE HERE. – BUT I AM.
BOY, AM I EVER. – AND YOU’RE DANCING. – I KNOW,
DANCING AND EVERYTHING. – THERE’S SO MANY–
AND THE TIMING OF WHEN YOU WERE DIAGNOSED
WAS THE MORNING THAT “G.M.A.” BECAME
THE NUMBER ONE MORNING SHOW, WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT MEANT A LOT TO ALL OF YOU,
OBVIOUSLY. YOU’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO
THAT MOMENT TO BE NUMBER ONE. AND THEN YOU DIDN’T WANT TO
SHARE THE INFORMATION WITH ANYONE BECAUSE
YOU WANTED TO CELEBRATE THAT. – IT’S– IT’S LIFE.
IT’S A ROLLER COASTER. YOU KNOW, FOR MANY YEARS,
I HAD BEEN WONDERING, “OH, WHAT’S IT GONNA FEEL LIKE
WHEN WE–WE’RE NUMBER ONE?” AND SO IN MY MIND, I’M LIKE, “I’M GONNA BE
DANCING LIKE THIS,” AND DOING ALL THOSE DIFFERENT
THINGS. BUT THAT SAME DAY,
I WAS DIAGNOSED AND TOLD I HAD
A YEAR OR TWO TO LIVE. SO YOU HAD THE HIGH OF BEING
NUMBER ONE AFTER SO MANY YEARS AND SO THANKFUL
THAT WE REMAINED THERE BECAUSE OF OUR GREAT AUDIENCE, AND THEN TO GET THE DIAGNOSIS
AND THEN TO GO TO THE PARTY AND I’M DOING LIMBO WITH MY
COLLEAGUES AND ALL THOSE THINGS. BUT THIS IS WHAT–I REMEMBER BEING ON THIS ROOFTOP
AT THIS PARTY. AND JUST STANDING BACK AND
LOOKING AT EVERYBODY AND SAYING, “THIS IS NOT
HOW I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE.” AND SO IT TEACHES US ONCE AGAIN,
“NO, NO, NOTHING LIKE I THOUGHT
IT WAS GONNA BE.” BUT THAT LIFE IS A JOURNEY. IT’S NOT THE DESTINATION. IT’S LIKE IF YOU DON’T
ENJOY IT ALONG THE WAY, THE DESTINATION IS NEVER QUITE LIKE YOU THINK
IT’S GOING TO BE. – THAT–THAT IS THE TRUTH. AND IT’S THE HARDEST THING TO– I MEAN,
IT TAKES SOMETHING LIKE THAT TO PUT IT IN PERSPECTIVE,
AND HOPEFULLY YOU HOLD ON TO IT, BUT SOMETIMES MOMENTS LIKE THAT
THEN FADE AWAY. IN THE FUTURE, YOU HAVE TO BE
REMINDED CONSTANTLY TO LIVE IN THE MOMENT. TO–AND THAT’S ALL
WE HAVE ANYWAY. – RIGHT, I KNOW, BUT THAT’S–
BUT I LOVE THAT. I MEAN, I KEEP–
I WANT TO KEEP– I’M LOOKING AT ELLEN DEGENERES
RIGHT NOW. I MEAN, I’M LOOKING–
I MEAN, REALLY. SOMETHING AS–LIKE THAT,
YOU HAVE TO JUST– OH, ONE THING I DID
WHEN I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL AND I WAS AWAY FROM WORK
FOR SIX MONTHS, AND I WAS LIKE, “LEFT FOOT,
RIGHT FOOT, BREATHE. JUST KEEP MOVING AND JUST”–
IT TAKES A LOT. AND MY SISTER
TOLD ME A LOT OF COURAGE TO BELIEVE
THAT THE BEST IS YET TO COME. AND THE BEST IS YET TO COME
FOR ALL OF US. IF WE JUST–JUST HANG IN THERE. WE’RE ALL A LITTLE BIT STRONGER
THAN WE THINK WE ARE. – YEAH. WELL, AND YOU ARE IN MANY WAYS, A BETTER, BIGGER, FULLER,
FREER PERSON, BEING, YOU KNOW? YOU’RE A DIFFERENT PERSON NOW. BECAUSE OF ALL THIS. AND YOUR MOTHER PASSED AWAY, LIKE, I THINK IT WAS IN THE BOOK YOU TALK ABOUT THAT YOU WERE
SUPPOSED TO HAVE A TRANSPLANT; YOU REALLY
NEEDED THAT TRANSPLANT, BUT THEN SHE ALL THE SUDDEN
BECAME VERY ILL. YOU WENT TO GO SEE HER,
YOU DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE, YOU PROBABLY WOULDN’T HAVE LEFT,
AND IT’S LIKE– – IT WAS A FEW DAYS
BEFORE MY TRANSPLANT, AND MY MOTHER
TOOK A TURN FOR THE WORSE, SO I GO DOWN TO MISSISSIPPI, AND WE DIDN’T KNOW HOW LONG SHE WAS GOING TO BE
IN THAT STATE. AND AT THAT MOMENT,
I WAS LIKE, “I’M NOT LEAVING. “BECAUSE IF I GO IN ISOLATION
AND SOMETHING HAPPENS TO HER, I CAN’T COME BACK.” SO I’M LIKE, “I’M STAYING.” AND IT WAS AS IF MY MOTHER SAID,
“I GOT THIS. “I GOT THIS.
YOU NEED TO GO BACK. YOU NEED TO BE WHERE YOU ARE TO
BE ABLE TO GET THE TRANSPLANT.” SO SHE PASSED THAT NIGHT. AND I WAS THERE WITH HER. AND I’M TELLING YOU,
IT’S AS A MOTHER’S LOVE, IT WAS LIKE THIS WONDERFUL,
WONDERFUL GIFT THAT SHE– THAT MY LATER WAS ABLE TO
UNDERSTAND THAT SHE GAVE ME, BUT I WOULD HAVE STAYED THERE. AND CAN I JUST SAY,
IT WAS SO GREAT SEEING YOUR MOM. I SAW HER BACKSTAGE. AND OUR FAMILIES HAVE
KNOWN EACH OTHER FOR SO LONG, AND IT’S JUST WONDERFUL
TO HAVE THAT TIME– – YOUR MOM AND MY AUNT,
MY MOTHER’S SISTER, BOTH LIVED IN PASS CHRISTIAN,
AND THEY–SO IT’S WEIRD. WE HAVE–WE HAVE A LOT OF–
– WE’RE KINDRED SOULS. – WE ARE. – WE’RE OFTEN CONFUSED
FOR ONE ANOTHER. – YEAH.
– I MEAN, IT’S JUST– [laughter]

69 thoughts on “Robin Roberts on Surviving Cancer

  1. Good for her and big damn deal there are thousands of women who fought the battle and won. And most of them didn't have the money or medical care she had

  2. Such beautiful people. I wish there were more humans out there with your way of thinking of life. Much love xx

  3. When I got my bone marrow test it hurt so bad I got fever I'm so proud of her to have gone thru that shit 🙂 I am to a survivor of a rare cancer only 12 people got last years and it only happens on adults but me a 13 year old at the time got it somehow 7 months of hell 😀

  4. No offence but when I scrolled past this video quickly, I thought I saw a picture of Obama wearing makeup.

    She inspires me

  5. This woman is amazing, not just the fact that she survived all these health problems, but because of her mindset on life etc.

  6. The existential crisis question: Why do such bad things happen to nice and mentally beautiful people like Robin? 

  7. My mother passed away from cancer in February at the age of 42 and I am so happy to know that she never wasted her life on drugs and alcohol… This women is just like my mother… She deserves life just like my mother, however, sometimes it just does not work out…

  8. Hi guys, I wanted to share my channel with you since ive recently got partnered. A year ago my mother was diagnosed with cancer, she luckily survived. Since then she has done so much for me and I wanted to give something back to her. So if you want to you can subscribe and view some of my videos, all of the money I make from youtube will go to cancer research.

  9. And like the Red Cross and blood donation – gay people cannot give bone marrow.  I was added to the list during my time in the military.  10 years later, I was connected and tested as a perfect match.  After further interviewing and questioning, I was denied based upon my 'sexual orientation' and 'active lifestyle.'  Denied by the government, not by the family.  I never knew what happened to the gentleman who needed the transplant.  I hope another 'approved' donor was found.

  10. Having cancer at 12 years old. Robin you inspire me to go to my chemo tomorrow. Thanks. I'm 15 now and only have 3 weeks left:)

  11. This is the frist time that i hear someone Else diagnosed with MDS. I was diagnosed with MDS when I was 7 in 2008. And it is wonderful to se that this beautiful women is alive, and healthy. This made my day.

  12. ELLEN PLEASE GET GABE HURLEY ON YOUR SHOW. He is blind, and a drunken driving accident survivor. Yet, he is incredibly positive, an amazing guitar player, and a motivational speaker. He is such an inspiration and it is his dream to come on the show.

  13. I had no idea who this woman was, until today. But I am SO moved by her strength and positive out-look on life in itself. She's beautiful inside & out. Bless her!

  14. Robin Roberts is just one of those people who is so sweet and beautiful and brave. I really love her strength and admire her so much!

  15. Why do I feel like she has some of Obama's gesture and speech skills…So poised and thoughtful. Very inspiring. 

  16. seeing the stories of people like her of survival makes me even more happy and more inspired to live my life that brave. such a great inspiration. her story is amazing.

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