Robin Roberts has revealed that her partner Amber Laign’s breast cancer treatment has been suspended ‘for the time’ due to ‘complications with the chemotherapy.’
The Good Morning America co-anchor, who beat both breast cancer and a rare bone marrow disorder, opened up about Laign’s cancer battle during an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
‘She’s had some complications with the chemotherapy,’ Roberts, 61, said of her halted treatment. ‘They’re working it out. We’re gonna figure it out. The prognosis is still very good.’
Robin opened up about her partner Amber Laign’s breast cancer battle during an interview with Entertainment Tonight, saying her treatment has been suspended ‘for the time’
The Good Morning America co-anchor explained that her Laign ‘had some complications with the chemotherapy,’ but ‘the prognosis is still very good’
The journalist admitted Laign was understandably frustrated by the setback at first, which she understood as a cancer survivor.
‘I’m just thankful that her spirits have been lifted,’ she said. ‘Recently it was a little tough there when — because she just wanted to get through it and to have this wrench thrown in our way — but I was able to tell her, as most people [who] have gone through cancer, this happens.’
Roberts fought and overcame an early form of breast cancer in 2007. Five years later, she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a disease in which the bone marrow does not make enough healthy blood cells.
She underwent several sessions of chemotherapy, and on September 20, 2012, she had a bone marrow transplant from her sister, Sally-Ann Roberts, before returning to Good Morning America in February 2013.
Nearly a decade later, their roles have reversed and Roberts is now caring for Laign as she fights breast cancer.
Roberts revealed that Laign has breast cancer in a video shared on her social media accounts in February, saying she had surgery the month before
‘She and I have been together almost 17 years and have helped each other through our challenges, like my journey with cancer. It’s my turn now, to be there for her as she was for me,’ Roberts said
‘There are peaks and valleys, and we went through a valley,’ she told ET. ‘But it’s more of a peak right now, and I’m just very grateful for all the love and support that she’s receiving.’
Roberts, whose new book, ‘Brighter by the Day’ is about instilling optimism, shared that she struggled with Laign’s diagnosis before she started listening to her ‘own words.’
‘It’s human nature to… you know “Why me?” and then I was like, “Why not me? Why not me?”‘ she said. ‘I can handle this. I have the strength. I’ve been through this. I can help Amber. She’s helping me, so I turned “Why me?” into “Why not me?”‘
Roberts revealed that Laign has breast cancer in a video shared on her social media accounts in February, saying she will have to step away from the morning show ‘from time to time’ to be by her partner’s side as she undergoes treatment.
‘My sweet Amber wanted me to tell you something that she’s been facing. At the end of last year, Amber was diagnosed with breast cancer,’ she said.
Roberts beat breast cancer in 2007. Five years later, she was diagnosed with MDS, a disease in which the bone marrow does not make enough blood cells. Footage from her own bone marrow transplant aired on ABC in 2012 (pictured)
Roberts returned to Good Morning America in February 2013, five months after her bone marrow transplant
Roberts met Laign in 2005 but kept their relationship private until she came out in a Facebook post in 2013 (pictured)
The GMA star explaine Laign had surgery the month before and was starting chemotherapy that day.
‘Thankfully, the prognosis is good. And we’re so grateful to our family and close friends who have known this and have kept it private until Amber was ready to share it with others,’ she continued.
‘She and I have been together almost 17 years and have helped each other through our challenges, like my journey with cancer. It’s my turn now, to be there for her as she was for me.’
Roberts and Laign were introduced by mutual friends in 2005, after being set up on a blind date. The former opened up about their meeting in her memoir, ‘Everbody’s Got Something.’
‘I liked the fact that she had no idea who I was. She rarely followed sports, so she never saw me on ESPN, and her office mates at the time watched a different morning show … ouch!’ she wrote.
Roberts, whose new book, ‘Brighter by the Day’ is about instilling optimism, shared that she struggled with Laign’s diagnosis before she started listening to her ‘own words’
‘I can handle this. I have the strength. I’ve been through this. I can help Amber. She’s helping me, so I turned “Why me?” into “Why not me?”‘ she said
‘She is extremely laid-back, no drama, no fuss,’ she added. ‘The main thing we have in common is positive energy. She sees the good in everyone.’
The couple kept their relationship private until 2013, when Roberts came out for the first time in a Facebook post. She shared a list of all the people she was thankful for in honor of the year coming to an end and included her ‘long time girlfriend, Amber.’
Roberts gave fans an update about her own health during an appearance on The Dr. Oz Show in January 2020.
‘Oh, praise God I’m doing as well as I am. I am so incredibly grateful to the doctors, the nurses, the technicians who still to this day keep an eye on me,’ she said.
‘I do my due diligence. I go for my regular checkups. I have started meditating. I watch what I eat more so than I did before. All those things that I need to do,’ she explained. ‘But I want to be a symbol to people that this too shall pass.’