Six months after going through a bone marrow transplant, Robin Roberts is sharing more about her incredible journey to good health with Parade.
“I think that I am being used for light and love and resilience,” said Roberts. “For whatever reason, I’m able to touch people, and I’m so grateful for that.”
Roberts of course couldn’t make it to this point without her “dream team” of doctors. “I love a doctor who can respect there’s somebody else on your team, and that’s God,” said the Good Morning America co-anchor. Her good friends and colleagues were also present during her five-month recovery period. “People call them colleagues, and I’m like, ‘Colleagues don’t come to your room when you’re about to be reborn'” said Roberts. “These are the people that you love, who are close to you. They’re family to me.”
Since announcing her diagnoses of myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood disorder, some 56,000 people have signed up to become bone marrow donors. “I feel now more than ever that my life has purpose,” said Roberts.
This summer, Roberts will be honored with the 2013 Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year’s ESPY Awards. And on April 5, Roberts will be given the lifetime achievement award from the DVF Awards.