Why we are crushing on Robin Roberts…
Robin Roberts has what was once considered my dream job. She is an anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America. That puts her right smack dab in the middle of the public eye. Before any of that she was a college basketball player for Southern Louisiana University. When she graduated she was the 3rd all time leading scorer in their basketball history. They even decided to retire her basketball number “21” in 2011. She is the definition of a strong woman. In 2007 her world was rocked when she was diagnosed with early stages of breast cancer.
Robin’s story of strength doesn’t end there. In 2012 she was diagnosed myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). MDS is a disease of the bone marrow. Robin was very open with the community and even allowed her network to document her story so she could help raise awareness. She received the Peabody Award in 2012 for the bravery she showed by allowing everyone in on her daily battle.
Humans of New York interviewed Robin recently and she gave one of the most personal descriptions of what is was like while she was going through: the complete isolation that she felt, the point where she didn’t want to fight anymore. This is what she had to say:
“Before my bone marrow transplant, I had to have my immune system completely wiped out with chemotherapy. I went into the hospital thinking that I was going to do a lot of reading and watch old movies and catch up on work. One thing that I didn’t fully anticipate was the isolation that I’d feel. I knew I’d be physically isolated. The doctors and nurses wore masks so all I could see were their eyes. And nobody touched me unless they were administering medicine. But the pain and weakness brought me to a place where I felt completely alone. I got so weak that I couldn’t even formulate a thought. I dropped to 115 lbs. The pain got so bad that I felt like I’d swallowed a blowtorch. At one point I actually gave up. I made everyone leave my room, even my partner, and I started slipping away. I hallucinated my mother’s voice calling my name. I heard it very distinctly. But when I opened my eyes– it was my nurse Jenny that was calling me. At the point of my greatest isolation, it was almost as if my mother used Jenny’s voice to call me back.”
Robin is the true definition of strength. She has done so much good in her life. We are happy to say we are crushing on her and we hope that she helps inspire you to make a difference. If you want to check out her memoir “Everybody’s Got Something” you can find it on Amazon.
Wishing you Health, Wealth & Happiness,