“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts is shown on the cover of this week’s issue of “People” magazine. Inside this issue, Robin talks about how love saved her life. In case you didn’t know, Robin came out of the closet after being diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome. She revealed to the magazine, “I feel like I am a walking miracle.”
She continued, “A doctor told me I had one to two years to live without a transplant.”
“A doctor told me I had one to two years to live without a transplant,” she says, and explains why she is speaking now about all of the people who loved her through it, including her girlfriend of nine years, Amber Laign.
“How could I not?” says Roberts about acknowledging (in her upcoming memoir Everybody’s Got Something and in a Facebook post last December) 39-year-old Laign’s role as her caregiver.
“Even though Amber is someone who shies away from the spotlight, it was important for me to let people know I have this person in my life,” Roberts, who also prefers to be private, tells PEOPLE.
Roberts also revealed she still receives low-intensity chemotherapy shots every six to eight weeks and will continue to do so until the second anniversary of her bone marrow transplant later this year.
Though there is a risk of a relapse, Roberts says, “I look at what I did as a cure, not just as a stopgap measure. I have to hold onto that. Otherwise it would rob me of who I am.”
So far Roberts, who returned to the air last year, seems to be in the clear. “I can go to the doctor now and not have to hold my breath as much when they’re drawing blood and I’m waiting for the results to come back,” she says. “I can be sick now like everybody else and it doesn’t mean I’m going to land back in the hospital.”
Good for her! We are glad that she seems to be doing well and is happy!