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With her return to Good Morning America, Robin Roberts celebrates the doctors, family, and friends who helped get her there

Roberts, photographed in New York City on Feb. 28, wears both a beaded bracelet given to her by her niece Judith and her own Prayer for Protection wristband (available at bethematch.org)

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The Doctors “Talk about a dream team,” says Roberts of her handpicked medical experts, Dr. Sergio Giralt (left), a specialist in bone marrow transplants, and Dr. Gail Roboz, a leukemia specialist. “I’ve admired most Robin’s desire to make the best out of it,” says Dr. Giralt. Adds Dr. Roboz, “She’s doing a tremendous thing, getting the word out about MDS.”

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s the voice of James Brown singing “I Feel Good” bounces off the walls of a Manhattan photo studio, Robin Roberts begins dancing exuberantly, a broad smile on her face. It’s been a week since the Good Morning America anchor returned to work amid great fanfare after five months of grueling medical treatments, and she is relishing a sense of normalcy. On this morning’s show, she was treated simply like one of the gang; her illness was not mentioned. “I just walked in,” she says, “and even the members of the crew were like, ‘All right. Now we’re back.’ ” Known for her upbeat personality, Roberts, 52, has had a physically and emotionally excruciating year. Diagnosed with a life-threatening blood disease, she endured chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant, and months in the hospital and at home in virtual isolation to protect her fragile immune system. In the midst of this battle, her beloved mother, Lucimarian, died of complications from a stroke. Roberts says she now feels her mother’s presence with her. “Yesterday was a rainy day, and when the sun came through, I thought, ‘That’s Mom.’ ” Ever resilient, Roberts has come through her ordeal (“really terrible, hard, yucky days I never want to relive or think about again”) with gratitude toward

After facing her fears over a life-threatening illness, the Good Morning America anchor is back and better than ever. “I don’t want to plan,” she says. “In a year’s time, I want to still be able to say to you, I am in the moment.” By MERYL GORDON Cover and opening photographs by MILLER MOBLEY

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colleagues (from left) Josh Elliott, Sam Champion, Lara Spencer, and George Stephanopoulos on Feb. 20.

I know, she’s calling every specialist in the world.” Roberts’s eyes well with tears. “She puts her life on hold when someone close to her is going through something like this.” Together, Sawyer and Besser researched treatments and doctors while keeping Roberts’s illness a secret at ABC News for nearly six weeks. “We were like a little tiger team, the three of us,” says Besser. “People wondered, why is Diane in Rich’s office with the door closed?” Roberts and Besser then interviewed doctors together: He vetted the medical aspects while she sought an emotional comfort level. She chose Dr. Sergio Giralt, a specialist in bone marrow transplants at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Dr. Gail Roboz, a leukemia specialist at NewYorkPresbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. The three of them

HowYou Can Help There is a great need for bone marrow donors, according to Be the Match, particularly for people between the ages of 18 and 44 and those from non-Caucasian, multiracial, and multiethnic backgrounds. To join the donor registry, simply fill out a questionnaire at bethematch.org. If you meet the qualifications, you’ll be mailed a cheek swab kit to send back. By joining the registry, you are making a commitment to donate to any patient in need if called to do so. —Vi-An Nguyen

treated; that night, the sisters got word that their mother was on her deathbed. (Their father, Lawrence Roberts, a retired air force colonel and a pilot with the World War II Tuskegee Airmen, died in 2004.) “I believe Mom held on until she was sure that Robin had what she needed,” Sally-Ann says. They flew home to Pass Christian, Miss., and arrived in time to say goodbye.

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oberts’s doctors feared that her grief might jeopardize her medical battle. “It was ripping her apart,” says Dr. Roboz. “ We were extremely worried about her psychologically.” Roberts says the two doctors comforted her by saying, “Now you don’t have to worry about your mother, and she doesn’t have to worry about you.” The next stage of her treatment, chemotherapy, left the anchor and lifelong athlete weak and exhausted. During the transplant, she was touched when Dr. Giralt not only cried— “That’s how much he cares about his patients”—but prayed as well. “I love a doctor who can respect that there’s somebody else on your team, and that’s God,” she says. Sawyer and GMA weatherman Sam Champion were with her when she had the transplant. “I was being given life, and they were there,” she says. “People call them colleagues, and I’m like, ‘Colleagues don’t come to your room when you’re about to be reborn. These are the people that you love, who are close to you.’ They’re family to me.” Champion and GMA coanchor Josh Elliott got permission to visit Roberts in the hospital “at a point when seeing her required two big

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have now spent so much time together that they share a wisecracking rapport. One of the diciest parts of Roberts’s treatment was finding a bone marrow match. The best chance for a perfect match is often within the same ethnicity or race, and there are relatively few African-Americans in the donor registry (for more information on the need for a variety of donors, see the box below). There’s also only a onein-four chance that a sibling— Rober ts has three: Dorothy, a social worker; Sally-Ann, an anchor at WWL-TV in New Orleans; and Butch, a high school teacher and basketball coach—will be a match. It was an edge-of-theseat moment, but a swab test revealed that “Robin had a perfect donor,” says Dr. Giralt. “Sally-Ann was a 10 out of 10 match. There’s no substitute for that.” Sally-Ann Roberts remembers “screaming” with joy when Robin phoned with the news, but she was startled by her sister’s next remark. “Robin said, ‘Do you want to do this?’ I said, ‘Why would you ask me that?’ I was really surprised at how difficult it was for her to be the one in need.” Robin, the baby of the family, admits that her sister is right. “I want to be the giver,” she says. “It’s been very hard for me but very enlightening to understand what it’s like to be on the receiving end.” Sally-Ann injected herself for five days with a drug to induce the production of stem cells. She stresses that she had no side effects and adds, “I am terribly afraid of needles, but it wasn’t a problem.” She then gave blood at Sloan-Kettering in New York, where Robin was being

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her siblings, her friends, her medical team, and the fans who showered her with prayers. “I have been mulling over how much more I have learned about myself through sorrow than through joy,” she says. “I’m a better, stronger, more complete person because of these trials and tribulations.” Her challenges began in 2007 when she was treated for an aggressive form of breast cancer. Five years later, she felt bone-wearying exhaustion while covering the Oscars. After undergoing tests, she pressed her doctor on the phone for the results. “He went, ‘You really need to come in,’ ” she recalls, “and I said, ‘Just give me an idea of what it could possibly be.’ That’s when he said myelodysplastic syndrome, MDS. I kept for the longest time the piece of paper where I first spelled it out.” MDS is a rare and potentially fatal group of diseases affecting the blood and bone marrow; in severe instances it can transform into leukemia. Roberts’s case was likely caused by her earlier cancer treatment. Reeling, she called ABC medical correspondent Dr. Richard Besser. “I needed someone to help me understand what the heck was going on,” she says. “He kind of talked me off the ledge.” A few days later, Roberts ran into her good friend Diane Sawyer. “I just blurted it out. The next thing

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scrub-downs and putting on protective gloves and masks,” recalls Elliott. Their get-well gifts included shaggy green slippers with frog faces. “Little did I know when I put on those froggy slippers that they would take on a life of their own,” says Roberts, whose friends then bought them in solidarity. “Oprah still wears them. Come on, you’re wearing frogs on your feet! How can you be in a bad mood?” Once back in her apartment, Roberts lived in a sterile cocoon— her Jack Russell terrier, K. J. (Killer Jack), stayed with friends for months—and she had a

SISTER ACT In June 2012 with her

10 out of 10 match, Sally-Ann.

morning ritual of counting the days. “First thing, I’d get out of bed, cross the room, and put the new day on the calendar with a marker,” she says. “If you can get to 100 days, you’re probably going to be okay—though it doesn’t mean you won’t have complications.” The relief is still tangible in her voice as she recalls going in for tests and hearing her doctors say, “You have no abnormalities.” “I was like, ‘Say that again?’ ” Roberts is doing well, but recurrences are not unusual with MDS, so she is helping her cause by participating in clinical trials.

“We’re all anxious for this to be in the rear-view mirror,” says Dr. Roboz, “but we’re not there yet.” The anchor’s eyesight remains blurry, making it hard for her to read the teleprompter. “I don’t panic,” she says. “I just have to give [my coanchors] a look and they’ll start talking; they’ve got my back.” She is susceptible to colds and infections and has been told to avoid handshakes and kisses, but she seems to crave human contact, rushing outside on her first day back at GMA to elbow-bump fans. Dr. Giralt has sent her emails urging her to be careful, though as he confides philosophically, “You could put her in a bubble and wrap her in Saran wrap, but this is who she is. This is part of her healing.” Ask how her experience has changed her and Roberts says, “I’m stronger than I thought I was. My favorite phrase has been ‘This too shall pass.’ I now understand it really well.” To fight her fears, she practices yoga and visualization. “When I close my eyes, my happy place is Key West, coffee in hand, sunrise over the pier,” she says. “I can visualize that in the studio, and it has helped calm me.” She no longer feels that productivity means booking every hour of her day months in advance. “I don’t want to plan. In a year’s time I want to still be able to say to you, I am in the moment.” In being extraordinarily open about her illness, Roberts aims to make people more aware of MDS and the need for bone marrow donors for many diseases. Barry Huff, a senior vice president of the activist organization Be the Match, says that the anchor’s candor has sparked an impressive response: 56,000 people signed up to be

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SAY “RIBBIT!” Wearing the “froggy

potential donors after Roberts announced her diagnosis. Nevertheless, being the center of attention has been uncomfortable for a journalist used to the other side of the microphone. The night before returning to GMA, Roberts spent an hour on the phone with Josh Elliott, bracing for the spotlight. He told her, “You have to let that love cascade over you.” Her sisters gave her similar advice. “They said, ‘Take your hands off the wheel. Allow yourself to be loved,’ ” Roberts says. “It was very difficult, but it brought people joy to bring me joy.” Roberts has struggled with a few “why me?” moments, but she takes solace in the knowledge that her experience has helped others. “I feel now more than ever that my life has purpose,” she says. “I think that I am being used for light and love and resilience. For whatever reason, I’m able to touch people, and I’m so grateful for that.”

See Robin’s Return to GMA For video of the anchor’s joyous first day back on the show, go to parade.com/roberts

PHOTO: COURTESY OF ROBIN ROBERTS

slippers” that Champion, left, and Elliott gave her in the hospital.

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SAY “RIBBIT!” Wearing the “froggy

potential donors after Roberts announced her diagnosis. Nevertheless, being the center of attention has been uncomfortable for a journalist used to the other side of the microphone. The night before returning to GMA, Roberts spent an hour on the phone with Josh Elliott, bracing for the spotlight. He told her, “You have to let that love cascade over you.” Her sisters gave her similar advice. “They said, ‘Take your hands off the wheel. Allow yourself to be loved,’ ” Roberts says. “It was very difficult, but it brought people joy to bring me joy.” Roberts has struggled with a few “why me?” moments, but she takes solace in the knowledge that her experience has helped others. “I feel now more than ever that my life has purpose,” she says. “I think that I am being used for light and love and resilience. For whatever reason, I’m able to touch people, and I’m so grateful for that.”

See Robin’s Return to GMA For video of the anchor’s joyous first day back on the show, go to parade.com/roberts

PHOTO: COURTESY OF ROBIN ROBERTS

slippers” that Champion, left, and Elliott gave her in the hospital.

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A Million Ways to “Lean In” For working mothers, there’s no such thing as one right path

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bout a year ago, a reporter asked if I had a photo from the early days of my journalism career. I found only one picture, taken in 1988 by my son, Andy. What a sight. I’m 30, sitting on the floor by the coffee table wearing goggle-glasses, a bathrobe, and big-hair bangs that look as if they were chopped with nail clippers. Nine-monthold Caitlin is on my lap, her hands reaching for mine as I peck away on my Smith Corona. I was a freelance writer on deadline. Looking at that picture, I can still feel the fatigue and the pride of that moment. This was my version of having it all, or as much as I could handle. Six years would pass before I took a job at a newspaper. By then, I was also a single mother. The trajectory of my adult life—from stay-at-home mom to part-time worker to full-time employee—was not uncommon for my generation. We were the direct beneficiaries of the women’s movement, wrestling with options. Like many of my friends, I cobbled together as best I could the modern feminist’s life. A parenting group was my lifeline. We talked about kids and husbands, but we also dared to imagine out loud our future careers. Over

YOU HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE

That’s me, at age 30: a freelance writer and mom, trying to have it all.

the years, one by one, we found our way into new professions. I’ve been thinking a lot about that time in my life after reading Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In. I gave the book a mixed review for the Washington Post, but I emphasized that I was buying it for my daughters and daughterin-law. I want them to read it and talk about it with one another and their friends. I also hope it gives them a little insight into the choices I made. Increasingly, I’m feeling the need to explain myself.

Sandberg encourages young women not to make incremental decisions for their careers based on future plans, particularly when it comes to having children. “Don’t leave before you leave,” she writes, and it’s

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good advice. I bristle, though, at the notion that women who sideline their careers to have children are putting a permanent brake on their ambition. It wasn’t true for me, nor for many women I know. One of my best friends, Gaylee McCracken, was a stayat-home mom, an artist, and a high-octane volunteer. When her kids were in high school, she started medical school. She was 42. “I’m going to be 50 someday anyway,” she said. “I may as well be 50 and a doctor.” Today, at 60, Gaylee is beloved by her patients, most of whom are women. Looking back on her life so far, she can easily see a narrative unfold. “I was meant to be a healer,” she told me recently. “I was 7 when I took care of my mother, when she had cancer. I raised two great kids, and I’m stronger today because I was a parent. Now I’m taking care of women.” Gaylee and I were workingclass kids who grew up thinking anything was possible if you gave it your all and had a friend or two who believed in you. On the day she graduated from medical school, we danced to Motown at the reception while others politely sipped their tea. Sandberg is right to encourage young women to imagine the biggest, brightest lives for themselves. I hope her book launches a million conversations. There are at least that many ways to compose a life, and there will always be roads not taken, no matter how high we climb.

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