Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts
ESSENCE.COM Nov, 23, 2009

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Shortly after announcing she had cancer, Roberts began wearing wigs to cover up her hair loss from chemo.

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Tired of wearing wigs when her hair fell out from chemotherapy, Robin rocked a bald and beautiful look and ‘worked’ the runway for Isaac Mizrahi’s Fall 2008 fashion show.

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“You never prepare yourself to hear the words ‘You have cancer,’ says Roberts. “I was just numb.” Nearly a year after her diagnosis Roberts attended the
2008 Matrix Awards Luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

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Roberts gets cancer screenings every six months. “It is inconvenient to get screened every six months but I feel great, my hair’s coming back so life is good,” she says. Here, she attends the 43rd annual CMA awards in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Roberts describes herself as an optimist. Her bravery was honored at the ‘Inspiring Women’ luncheon held by the NBA.

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Since her diagnosis, Roberts has been teaching the value of self exams and early detection. She spoke at the Women’s Conference in Long Beach, California earlier this year.

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Though her cancer is no longer detectable, Roberts says she doesn’t use the words remission or cancer-free. “I still have to stay on top of it,” she says.

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