Robin Roberts comes out ... as one tough, brave lady

Robin Roberts comes out ... as one tough, brave lady

New York City : NY : USA | Dec 30, 2013 at 11:29 AM PST
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Robin Roberts' Journey

So, this week Robin Roberts openly acknowledged she is gay. Two things: 1. Come on Robin, none of us are shocked, and 2. You are a freaking amazing person and we love you. Period.

In an end of the year message on her Facebook page, Robin writes, ‘I am thankful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together.” For me, knowing what Robin has been through the last few years, I am thrilled for her, not only because she has a wonderful relationship with a loving partner, which I know certainly gave her strength in her recent battles but in the joy I know she feels just to be alive and looking forward to a new year, and I pray a healthy one for her.

Let’s look at her last few years. In 2008 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, something many women face. During a grueling course of chemo, she still continued to work, delivering world news and heart-felt human interest stories on Good Morning America. I work at a furniture store on Thursdays. So far I have missed two days, once due to a sprained toe and the other time I couldn’t make it in because my allergies were making my throat itch. Chances are if I ever undergo chemo, I probably will miss a few Thursdays.

Sure a lot of women work through their chemo regimen, but this woman is on TV. She is seen by millions. She showed up wigless but still beautiful giving other women courage, strength and most of all the “If I can do it, you can do it,” will to keep going.

After dealing with that with dignity, class and bravery, in 2012 she announced that due to the treatment she endured for her cancer, she now was facing a new demon, Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a rare blood disease, sometimes caused by a chemical, in this case her chemo drugs. For that disease she underwent a bone marrow transplant, where she candidly shared with her viewers that her sister Sally-Ann would be her donor and allowed us to witness some of the highs and lows of a procedure that literally kills you then brings you back to life. Oh, throw in the death of her beloved mother into the mix, as if that all didn’t suck enough.

This is one tough lady. She is back to work now, she looks great and Michelle Obama tweets with her so ... I really don’t care who she is in a relationship with. Seriously, get this: “I am so happy for you and Amber! You continue to make us all proud.” Signed, “mo” MO – Michelle Obama that means. Our First Lady makes a statement that speaks volumes. It’s almost enough to make me forgive her for those bangs.

amykoko is based in St Petersburg, Florida, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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