Robin Roberts, co-anchor of “Good Morning America,” is a television talent and personality who has fought two battles in recent years against life threatening conditions. In 2007, she announced to the world that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Then in 2012, Roberts told the world she had been diagnosed with a chemotherapy-related condition called myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). In both cases, millions of Americans rallied around the popular television anchor.
What health lessons can we all learn from Roberts? For one thing, we can learn that millions of Americans have conquered cancer. Roberts did not allow her cancer to define her life—”this is a chapter in my life; that’s it,” she wrote in 2008 on ABCNews.com about her fight against breast cancer. There were an estimated 13.7 million cancer survivors in the U.S. in 2012. The 5-year survival rate for all cancers diagnosed in the U.S. between 2002 and 2008 is 68 percent. We can also learn that faith, family, and friends can make a significant difference during any type of struggle. An eight year study of people ages 51-61 found that those who didn’t attend religious service had a 64 percent higher risk of death compared to those who attended services frequently. Roberts relied heavily on her faith, family, and friends during both her battles.
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