Robin Roberts Cries While Discussing Amber Laign’s Cancer Battle


Amber Laign and Robin Roberts at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, New York, May 5, 2018.
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Emotional support Robin RobertsTalking to a partner got me choked up Amber Laign’s current battle with breast cancer — a journey the Good Morning AmericaThis host, a breast-cancer survivor herself, is very familiar with the situation.

“I haven’t talked about it much, but with you I will,” the television journalist, 61, told Ellen DeGeneres about Laign’s health while holding back tears in a clip from the comedian’s talk show shared on Friday, April 22.

“She’s doing well, which is great,” Roberts said of the massage therapist, 47 — her partner of 17 years — noting the difference between being in the caregiver role this time.

“I went through it twice, barely shed a tear,” she explained. “I’m a puddle every time I think about what Amber is going through. But she is being so courageous and is handling it extremely well.”

Despite a blip in Laign’s treatment plan — Roberts told Entertainment Tonight earlier this month that her partner’s chemotherapy sessions are paused for now due to “complications” — “the prognosis is good for her,” the GMADeGeneres was told by anchor, 64.

The Alabama native has been open about her personal health issues throughout her life, including her own diagnosis of breast carcinoma in 2007. After battling a rare bone disease, myelodysplastic, she took a leave of absence. GMA2012.

“I am doing so well,” theBrighter by the DayAuthor told Us WeeklyJanuary 2020. “I’m just very grateful to be doing as well as I am.”

The fact that the couple have been down this road before is only helpful, Roberts explained to DeGeneres — particularly for the ABC personality, who wants to emulate the strength and comfort Laign provided to her when she was fighting her own health battles.

“I’m able to kind of give her a roadmap because I’ve gone through it, but she’s also given me a roadmap on how to be a caregiver,” Roberts remarked. “And 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. So, I’m doing the same thing for her.”

Laign had delayed going to the doctor due to the pandemic.

“Get those regular exams,” Roberts noted. “It can save your life.”

While the two have weathered their fair share of health problems throughout their relationship, Roberts’ motto — which she shared with Use in January 2020 — helps to get her through it all.

“My life lesson is ‘This too shall pass,’” she toldUseAt the time. “I’m a living, breathing example of ‘This too shall pass.’ I have a little placard in my dressing room that says, ‘This too shall pass. … Now would be good.’ We want to get through it, but I understand that the reason why things are placed in our path is for us to learn from and to share with others.”

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