Wow. I'm not a huge fan of her aw-shucks style of hosting/journalism, but she's really been handed some health challenges in the last few years.
I sincerely wish her the best.
Damn, this makes my heart ache. She's a sincerely wonderful person.
I wish her the best.
they just gave her a basketball award...shocked at this.
I just wish she'd come out. Straight America needs to know that gay people have health issues most easily addressed by marriage.
[quote] gay people have health issues most easily addressed by marriage.
Got my candy striper outfit pressed and ready to go.
And she's a health nut.
Might as well sustain myself on this black raspberry ice cream I've been hearing about on DL.
My heart goes out. I can't stop crying. I told Marcella I'm going to need the rest of the day off.
Bless her. She knew about the diagnosis just before she interviewed the President and before she got that ESPN award a few days ago. She has been harboring the knowledge for awhile now without revealing it. Talk about someone who has had the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Winning awards and interviewing the President while secretly knowing you have a critical, potentially fatal illness? She is one strong woman, as her colleagues all attest to.
Don't know why she hasn't come out but IS she out in her private life? She does the same thing Andy Cooper does, you know. Just never addresses it ON AIR.
I wish her wellness. And peace. She has sure as hell had some health shit to deal with in the past few years.
When it comes to suffering she's up there with Liz Taylor.
Why doesn't she come out ? And Sam too? Are they presumed to have no personal life at all?
Andy, they suffer from Barbie and Ken crotch.
I wish her well but why must we constantly be subjected to some celebrity's health struggle in the context of "If my sharing this helps one person..." I wish scientists would actually do empirical studies on how often this monstrous star narcissism actually does indeed help even one of the groaning masses. But that wouldn't help the numerous books sold about their "journey". I long for the days when sickness was dealt with privately and with a modicum of dignity. If you died you died and we heard about it after the fact. If you recovered, great. But please don't bother us with the details.
Hope she has a partner to see her through this.
I was thinking she was being a bit overly dramatic during the segment, but when she made a humerous reference to the box of tissue velcroed to the sofa, my heart went out to her.
Did you see her sister? She's gorgeous.
r18 is really sort of correct, although it might seem heartless or cold to have that viewpoint. I DO wonder if anyone is really helped by hearing about the "brave struggle" or public battle with illness that these celebs put front and center? I also wonder how it really helps the celebs cope by having the "entire nation along for the fight?" "We are in this together." Really? REALLY? I mean, you need your friends and loved ones nearby and, of COURSE, some support from others, sometimes strangers. But advertising it all on the news? I think that perhaps keeping it a private matter might just be the most spiritually positive thing to do, overall. Maybe give it a quick mention. Something like "I am dealing with a private health matter and thank you all for your well wishes." Maybe telling WHAT it is so there is not endless speculation. But that is it.
People who like Robin Roberts will find a way to send the cards and flowers and notes of encouragement. But this stuff becomes tabloid fodder these days and is splashed all over the covers of the Enquirer. "Robin Roberts brave battle" or, god forbid, "Brave last days." It's TOO MUCH.
Actually, this is a case where celebrity publicity might do some good. When it comes to cancer, early detection can make all the difference. People often make the mistake of tolerating symptoms rather than seeking treatment for them.
also - Robin needs a bone marrow transplant to fight this MDS. it just so happens that her sister is a nearly perfect match. all the information say that this disease is particularly problematic for african americans because of the lack of bone marrow matches. if her plight it public, it may increase peoples' awareness to become part of the bone marrow registry. everyone should do it - i had a friend with leukemia, so i am part of the registry. if someone ever matches me, i will donate. you give up next to nothing for this type of donation, and save a life.
I think Ms Roberts wanted to break the news herself before the tabloids and gossip sites leaked it. She has shouldered this for some time - it's not like she came blubbering to us the minute she found out.
Also, as she explained, they will be installing a permanent shunt in her arm today and she will be bandaged.
I love her. If I'm awake and home, I always watch GMA.
Lesbians always seem to have a pretty sister.
I think it makes perfect sense for her to come out with a description of her disease and its treatment. It sure beats all of the endless conjecture and outright guessing to which we would otherwise be subjected.
Yes, you all are making perfect sense. I DO hope that they keep the sob sister media pirahna away from this, though. After her initial brave and admirable explanation this morning, I hope she continues her treatments with dignity and quiet courage. Access Hollywood, ET, and all the starfucker shows have a field day with this stuff. I just hope there is not a daily update on her "brave battle.' INFORMATION is good, as you all say, but they always want to turn it into a Lifetime movie for hand wringing hausfraus.
WHEN she beats this, I hope she lives a long and healthy rest of her life. I mean, c'mon, gurl, you been through HELL so FAR with this health stuff.
Like her or not, she seems like a nice person and a consummate professional.
It doesn't sound good.
I'm sure that God awful Lara Spencer is just chomping at the bit to replace her.
Oh god, Lara Spencer makes my TEETH HURT. What IS it about her that is intolerable?
Anyone know what her chances of making it are?
OK, I tend to have my Bullshit/Spin detector on high and can sense when people are being fake…
…and honestly, this seems like a very heartfelt, warm supportive group for Robin.
(Maybe that's why for the most part I'd rather watch them than the cold robots at TODAY)
*tearing up a bit*
Folks, her doctors seem to think she has a high chance of beating it. If what she says is true, this is a result of her chemo.
My brother had something very similar - if not the same - and beat it. It just requires some serious drug intake.
So it makes perfect sense to go public with your medical condition so that people can benefit from learning about the disease, but her sexual orientation is private. Right? Won't help anyone to know about that.
I wonder how much the closet has negatively affected her immune system. First cancer, now this...
Oh, no, R35. All of those perverts? Oh come on. What would all of those stay-at-home moms say. A gay black.
I'd like her better if she came out of the closet.
Kudos to her. I'd go ballistic and lash out at everyone and everything in reach (out of fear and frustration).
[quote] Actually, this is a case where celebrity publicity might do some good. When it comes to cancer, early detection can make all the difference
Not in this case. Her disease comes from previous cancer therapy. She has already been under the care of doctors who would detect this early, as would anyone who got the disease from previous cancer therapy.It really is kind of a vanity thing to announce on tv. "I got a disease from cancer treatment. I'll probably be ok, but you should know about it anyway."
[quote]It really is kind of a vanity thing to announce on tv. "I got a disease from cancer treatment. I'll probably be ok, but you should know about it anyway."
First of all, cancer treatment is hardly a "vanity thing." You think it's better if she misses a big chunk of work after her transplant and viewers are left to wonder what is going on?
There is no right or wrong way to deal with an illness. It is really up to the person going through it.
If she wants the audience to know, more power to her.
It's either she tell the audience or the Enquierer does.
[quote]Actually, this is a case where celebrity publicity might do some good. When it comes to cancer, early detection can make all the difference.
[quote]it just so happens that her sister is a nearly perfect match. all the information say that this disease is particularly problematic for african americans because of the lack of bone marrow matches. if her plight it public, it may increase peoples' awareness to become part of the bone marrow registry.
Two very good points. Black women, especially those that are celebrities, often do not speak publicly about these illnesses. Donna Summer just died and no one knew she had cancer. Black people are in dire need of increased awareness, and Im glad Robin is using her platform for it. It is very honorable for her to do this, especially when she has to present herself to millions of people every morning. She cant go and hide like most of us would want to do while undergoing treatment.
r39, I had a coworker, who also happened to be a black woman, who reacted that way. I honestly think its because she felt alone in her illness. Thats why awareness is important.
The point about needing more Black participants in the Bone Marrow Registry is well taken. An African American colleague had leukemia a few years ago, and despite an exhaustive search her doctors were unable to find a donor match for a transplant. She had to use non-matching marrow that had been irradiated, which made the recovery process much less certain, slower and more painful.
Roberts has an excellent platform to encourage African Americans to join the Registry.
"Roberts has an excellent platform to encourage African Americans to join the Registry."
She also has an excellent platform to encourage all people to accept gay people, but does not use her platform for that.
Yeah, she ought to use that platform to encourage the African American community to be a little less fucking judgmental about gay marriage and homosexuality in general.
Can't stand Robin Roberts, she should never have risen up the ranks at GMA.
Uh, R47, Obama took care of that already. According to the latest polls 60 percent of African Americans support gay marriage. And I doubt Robin has that kind of pull anyway.
And this one is the RESULT of the "cure" of the last one R6.
Doncha just luv modern medicine!
[quote]She just announced it on GMA. The good news is her sister will be her donor and is a perfect match.[/quote]
Is that Sally-Anne, who's (or was, at least) in TV news in New Orleans? I always liked her.
Dana Perino of Fox News gave Robin a shout out, and said Robin is a wonderful person.
She also added that people should read the book that Robin and her mom wrote because it's great and shows their faith.
I'm assuming that Robin doesn't want to come out because she would piss off the Fundies.
this is why you go public (i encourage everyone to sign up!):