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Robin Roberts Moves On
on October 9, 2008
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Book Review: From the Heart: Eight Rules to Live By (Hyperion, 2008) by Robin Roberts
Robin Roberts is a co-anchor of ABC's Good Morning America. Prior to this, she was an anchor of ESPN's Sports Center for more than 15 years. Robin believes that rules have purpose because they teach us invaluable lessons like discipline and responsibility.
Robin Roberts paperback memoir includes a new chapter this time around in which she's added a new rule to live by. Following up on her original seven rules:
1. Position yourself to take the shot.
2. Dream big, but focus small. "Dreams are vague and far away. Goals are tangible and achievable."
3. If at first you don't succeed dive back in. "It isn't always the smartest, most talented, prettiest, or most charismatic person who has the most success." Don't let rejection hold you back from your achievements.
4. Never play the race, gender, or any other card.
5. Venture outside your comfort zone. "To stop growing is to stop living."
6. Focus on the solution, not the problem.
7. Keep faith, family, and friends close to your heart. "My faith, family, and friends are the foundation upon which everything else rests."
As Robin's newest rule to live by, she states her mother's old saying: "Make your mess your message."
This last chapter of From the Heart is a memoir of Robin's journey through cancer. While crying she wrote, "I was asked to write an entire book about my experience with cancer. I respectfully declined. Cancer is no more than a chapter in my life. And it will not be the last chapter."
Shortly after Joel Siegel's death from colon cancer, Robin Roberts discovered her own tumor as a lump in her breast (2007). Fearing the worst, she almost "chickened out" of telling her doctor--but instead took the shot. Focusing on the small things which helped her attain her dream of being cancer-free, Robin had a biopsy, partial mastectomy, chemo, and later radiation. When she felt depressed, Robin kept on fighting. She says she never used the "excuse" of having cancer to keep her from achieving her goals.
Robin speaks of her wonderful doctors, supportive friends like Diane Sawyer, and opportunities, such as traveling to the Middle East on a breast cancer awareness initiative with First Lady Laura Bush. Talking about her disease publicly on Good Morning America, was how she raised her own awareness campaign of turning her mess into her message.
Robin Roberts has no familial history of breast cancer, as many of us do not. But she was successfully diagnosed early, treated, and has recovered--most of this in the public's view. We can see that Robin is a survivor. True to her own life rules, Robin puts a happy face on her cover, commits to eradicating cancer from her body, and moves on--an example to us all.