Good Morning, America
host Robin Roberts opened up about her struggle to overcome breast cancer and leukemia at an annual AARP conference in Miami over the weekend.
In remarks to a capacity crowd at the AARP “Life@50+” convention, the 54-year-old TV news veteran said the experience retooled her thinking about life and death, and challenged the attendees to be fearless in facing down whatever struggles they face in life, regardless of age.
“You need to change the way you think,” she said, “in order to change the way you feel.”
In an extensive pre-conference interview with AARP Magazine
, Roberts detailed the experiences of her life-threatening battle with cancer and expressed gratitude at the support she has received since undergoing a bone-marrow transplant.
“I think of September 20, the date of my transplant, as my birthday more than my real birthday, on November 23,” she said. “I don’t try to be like people who have had life-threatening illnesses and say, ‘Every day is a gift.’ But everything that happens from now on is lagniappe [a small gift], as we say in the Gulf.”
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