Robin Roberts

  • Aired:  04/23/14
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"Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts recalls drawing on her parents' wisdom to overcome breast cancer in "Everybody's Got Something." (4:50)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT SHE'S THECOANCHOR OF ABC'S "GOOD MORNING

AMERICA".

HER NEW MEMOIR IS CALLED"EVERYBODY'S GOT SOMETHING."

PLEASE WELCOME TO THE PROGRAMROBIN ROBERTS.

COME ON, HELLO.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]HELLO!

>> Jon: WELL, HELLO.

>> HOW ARE YOU?

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> Jon: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

BEING HERE.

>> I'M SORRY OUT OF HABIT I SAIDGOOD MORNING.

I AM SORRY.

>> Jon: THEY DID JUST GET UP. IKNOW THESE PEOPLE.

IT'S CLOSE ENOUGH TO 4:20THAT THEY JUST GOT UP.

>> OH!

>> Jon: EVERYBODY'S GOTSOMETHING, BUT MAN, NOT

EVERYBODY'S GOT EVERYTHING.

I MEAN, YOU REALLY GOT HIT WITHTHE WHAMMIES OF WHAMMIES.

A BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS WASTHE FIRST WHAMMIE, YES?

>> IN 2007, YES.

AND, I COMPLETED TREATMENT IN2008.

BUT THE REASON I SAIDEVERYBODY'S GOT SOMETHING.

AND IT'S TRUE.

YEAH, I GOT SLAPPED UPSIDE THEHEAD AND EVERYTHING.

BUT THE POINT MY MOM SAID, ITDOESN'T MATTER.

EVERYBODY'S GOT SOMETHING.

AND MY SOMETHING IS NO MOREIMPORTANT OR GREATER THAN ANY

OTHER CHALLENGE THAT SOMEONEELSE WAS FACING. BUT, THERE WAS

A POINT, I WILL AGREE, WHERE IWAS LOOKING UP TO THE HEAVENS

AND SAYING, IF YOU WANT TOSPREAD IT AROUND A LITTLE

BIT MORE, THAT WOULD BE FINEWITH ME.

>> Jon: BECAUSE THAT IS,IT'S, YOU KNOW, PARENTS CAN

DELIVER THIS KIND OF SAGEADVICE AND THEY CAN DO IT IN A

BIT OF A VACUUM. BUT, I THINKTHEY NEVER KNOW IF THEIR KIDS,

YOU SEEMED TO HAVE ABSORBED YOURPARENTS' LESSONS OF IT'S NOT

WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUBUT THE WAY YOU DEAL WITH IT

IN A WAY THAT MUST MAKE THEMINCREDIBLY PROUD.

>> WELL, BECAUSE MY PARENTS --MY DAD GREW UP IN JERSEY.

AND UH, YES.

>> Jon: I'M FAMILIAR.

>> AS A SMALL CHILD HE HAD THENERVE TO CUT OFF A BROOM STICK

HANDLE AND GO DOWN THEBASEMENT AND DREAM OF

FLYING AND BECAME A TUSKEEGEEAIRMAN.

MY MOTHER WAS THE FIRST IN HERFAMILY TO GO TO COLLEGE AND

WAS ON THE STATE BOARDOF EDUCATION.

SO, I COME FROM GOOD STOCK, ANDI KIND OF LISTENED TO THEM.

NOT ALL THE TIME, I'LL ADMIT, ASA CHILD NOT SO MUCH, BUT

I'M GRATEFUL THAT SOME OF THELIFE LESSONS STAYED WITH ME.

EVERY MORNING WHEN I ENTER THESTUDIO FOR "GOOD MORNING

AMERICA" I BLOW A KISS TO BOTHOF THEM UP THERE AND SAY GOOD

MORNING TO THEM BEFORE I SAY"GOOD MORNING AMERICA".

>> Jon: AND THEN WHEN YOU AREDONE WITH THAT DO YOU DOWN TO

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS.

I KNOW HE IS ONLY --[LAUGHTER]

HE'S LIKE -- HE'S -->> I WAS WAITING FOR THAT.

IT TOOK YOU A LITTLE LONGER THANI THOUGHT.

[ LAUGHTER ]>> Jon: THAT'S A TERRIBLE

THING. HE'S ACTUALLY A GOODFRIEND.

I HAVE TO GET HIM.

LET ME GIVE HIM A CALL.

[LAUGHTER]HE AND I ARE THE SAME SIZE, BY

THE WAY.

>> THE FIRST CHRISTMAS GIFT HEGAVE ME SIX INCH HEELS.

THAT'S THE KIND OF GOOD SPORTTHAT HE IS.

>> Jon: THAT'S VERY NICE. DURINGTHAT TIME, WERE YOU

THINKING TO YOURSELF, MAN, ICAN'T WAIT TO GET BACK UP AT

3:00 A.M. AND GET TO WORK.

[ LAUGHTER ]>> NOT SO MUCH.

IT WAS NICE TO HAVE THAT SIXMONTH BREAK.

BUT THE POINT OF IT IS WHEN YOUARE GOING THROUGH ANYTHING LIKE

THAT, ESPECIALLY, AND I WAS OFFTHE AIR FOR SIX MONTHS.

CAN YOU IMAGINE NOT SITTING INTHAT CHAIR FOR SIX MONTHS?

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: YES.

HOLD ON.

[LAUGHTER]>> COME BACK TO US, JON.

COME BACK TO US.

>> Jon: I'M STANDING ON A COOLMOUNTAIN AND A BREEZE WAS GOING

THROUGH MY HAIR.

[LAUGHTER]>> ALL I WANTED WAS TO BE NORMAL

AGAIN.

NORMAL FOR ME IS GETTING UP AT3:45 AND GETTING IN THE STUDIO

AND DOING WHAT I DO.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

DID YOU EVER FEEL LIKE YOU LOSTYOURSELF?

>> OH -->> Jon: OR DO YOU FEEL LIKE

YOU PHYSICALLY OR EMOTIONAL YOUSORT OF BECAME OUTSIDE OF

YOURSELF OR SOMETHING ELSE?

>> THERE WAS A LOT OF TIMESBECAUSE DURING THE -- YOU

KNOW, BONE MARROW TRANSPLANTWHAT THEY DO IS THEY COMPLETELY

TAKE AWAY YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEMBECAUSE IT'S DYSFUNCTIONAL

AND IT'S GOING TO KILL YOU.

THEY HAVE TO WIPE IT OUT.

I WAS SO THANKFUL THAT MY SISTERWAS A PERFECT MATCH.

SO THEY INSERTED HER STEMCELLS. AND IT'S LIKE A REBIRTH.

SO I REALLY FELT LIKE I WASCOMING BACK TO LIFE, AND THERE

WERE TIMES THAT I WAS JUSTOUTSIDE OF MYSELF. I WAS TOLD

THERE WAS ONE POINT I WAS IN THEHOSPITAL AND HALLUCINATING.

I NURSE CAME IN AND SHE SAID IWAS INTERVIEWING WALTER CRONKITE

AT THE FOOT OF MY BED.

TRUE STORY.

[LAUGHTER]YES, I WOULD HAVE TO SAY I WAS

OUTSIDE OF MY BODY FOR A WHILE.

>> Jon: AS YOU FELT IT COMEBACK, IT'S SO NICE SEE YOU.

MAN, YOUR SPIRIT AND ENERGYSHINES THROUGH EVERYTHING.

IT'S LOVELY TO SEE YOU DOING SOWELL.

>> THANK YOU, JON.

>> Jon: GOOD TO SEE YOU.

ROBIN ROBERTS "EVERYBODY'S GOTSOMETHING."

IT'S ON THE BOOKSHELVES NOW.

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