Robin Roberts's past year was a little rougher than your average person's.
Having to have a bone marrow transplant due to a rare disorder, she was dedicated to pulling through it — and showing what she had to go through, even if it meant the world seeing her at her lowest. Here's what she said:
"It was difficult to show my low points. It was difficult to admit that I had moments of feeling defeated, and really being honest with feeling that I was slipping away, because I'm always seen as an upbeat person, and I am, I'm optimistic, but it was difficult. I don't know of anyone who has done that, in the position I'm in, you're very vulnerable when you show yourself like that. But in the end I thought it was best to do that, to be honest about it."
One of the things that helped the most? The support she was given by friends, family, and strangers. Oh, and seeing Oprah Winfrey step in for her one day didn't hurt either:
"She said, 'I'm not replacing you, I'm not filling in for you, I'm just stepping in the gap that you've created by not being there. And I loved when she was on the set and she said that she loved being with my GMA family."
We bet that was amazing!!
So, what then in the past year was her proudest moment? She said:
"The proudest moment… to be alive! I'm very happy to be alive a year later. Of course I'm thrilled that our program is No. 1. It's not something that we take for granted or talk about at all, and I'm really proud at how our audience responded to me personally, and to the issue that I was facing, and to know that tens of thousands of people have registered to be a bone marrow donor, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised in less than a year, I'm very proud of our audience for responding as they have."
We are SO glad you are happy and healthy, Robin! The morning news just wouldn't be the same without you — and to be honest, the world in general wouldn't be the same either!
Congrats on such a victory of a year!