Character Over Talent
- Robin Roberts is back with more motivation from her Good Morning America dressing room, exemplifying what it means to put character before talent as she interacts with fans undergoing cancer treatment.
- Robin and her partner Amber Laign have been together through many highs and lows over their relationship—including each of their battles with breast cancer. Robin received her breast cancer diagnosis in 2007 after finding a lump while, ironically, preparing a news segment on performing self-checks.
- It’s important to celebrate life’s important milestones, especially when completing phases of cancer treatment. If you can’t get away to your own happy place, book something local in town or toast with an intimate group of loved ones out at a special dinner.
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“Our character is more important than our talent,” says the broadcast star at the start of her weekly address to the #GlamFam.
“We could have all the talent in the world, but if we don’t have strong character, we will not go as far,” she adds, and goes on to exemplify her exact statement in the comment section of her video.
“Thankful for an excellent checkup with oncologist,” says one of her fans.
Even with the amount of attention and exposure Roberts experiences on a day-to-day basis, she has never become too busy to personally connect with fans. Her talent has taken her far, but her character has always remained. Fans excitedly anticipate each of her posts, and match her support by reciprocating her energy in the comments.
As a breast cancer survivor, the 61-year-old recognizes the need to constantly remind herself and others through her uplifting dressing room speeches how to live life well and fully, since it is precious and unpredictable. Robin’s partner “Sweet Amber” Laign is on the receiving end of each #GlamFam address, and is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer herself.
Sharing a Cancer Experience
It’s rare for a couple to experience the same disease. Amber, 47, recently “rang the bell” in New York for finishing radiation, and decamped with Robin for a fun and relaxing trip, likely to Key West in Florida. One fan said: “I’m glad you and Amber had a wonderful refreshing break celebrating the end of her cancer treatment in Key West!”
Robin showed Amber “doing her happy dance” on another endearing video post on Twitter and is “dressed and ready to spend time” in “our happy place,” presumably their Connecticut home that Robin adores.
For all the other cancer warriors out there celebrating similar milestones, if you don’t have a second home or the budget to vacation right now, book a “staycation” at a local hotel or treat yourself to a spa day. Get your house cleaned. Go out and buy yourself a new dress or special piece of jewelry to commemorate the special day. Whatever it is that feels like a special splurge for you, do it! You deserve it.
Appropriately, the journalist had started out talking about things you go through that may make you “bitter and frustrated,” but reminds her viewers that you need to trust and have faith. “Father, thank you. Thank you that no matter what I go through, you are good and you love me.” For the believers … indeed!
When Someone You Love is Facing Cancer—Be Patient
Robin and Amber have been together through many highs and lows over their nearly 17-year relationship—including each of their battles with breast cancer.
Robin received her breast cancer diagnosis in 2007. Ironically, she was diagnosed after finding a lump in her breast during her preparation for a news segment on performing self-checks. Thankfully, she was cancer-free after surgery.
But in February, Robin shared that Amber now has to face breast cancer as well. And in an interview from just the other day, she gave an important update regarding her partner’s cancer journey.
Monitoring After Treatment for Breast Cancer
“She’s had some complications with the chemotherapy,” Robin previously told Entertainment Tonight. “They’re working it out. We’re gonna figure it out. The prognosis is still very good.”
Complications with chemotherapy are not uncommon, but they can be scary. So, Roberts did everything in her power to support her loved one during this difficult setback.
“I didn’t realize how much I had blocked out during my journey, and it was because of sweet Amber—because she protected me and navigated for me,” Roberts said in a previous interview with Ellen Degeneres when she appeared on her show. “So, I’m doing the same thing for her.”
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