NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” spoke at Southern Connecticut State University Friday night to share her life story.
Roberts held a lecture at SCSU to share her life story and offer some inspiration to students. The 55-year-old has experienced a lot throughout the years.
Shortly after Roberts got to GMA in 2005, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She beat it in 2007. In 2011, she began treatment for a rare blood disorder, myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), and had to have a bone marrow transplant.
Roberts said the words of someone close to her inspired her to turn her challenges into inspiration for others.
“It was my mom who said, ‘Make your mess your message.’ There was a time when I didn’t want to speak about this, and my mom said, ‘Honey, you know, you’re very blessed. You’re fortunate to have a great job, family, friends, healthcare, all these things and some things other people don’t have that are going through this, so be their voice.'”
We asked Roberts what she hoped the students would take away from her lecture.
“I’m a breathing, walking symbol of ‘this too shall pass,’ that no matter what it is that you’re facing, this too shall pass. So that’s my hope. That they will feel uplifted and know that there’s nothing that they can’t get through,” said Roberts.
Good Morning Connecticut co-anchors Laura Hutchinson and Keith Kountz introduced Ms. Roberts.