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 Heartfelt Thank You from Robin Roberts