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The road to recovery has been hard for Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, but it's one that she continues to walk with optimism. The 51-year-old recently had to return to the hospital for a "tune-up" following her Sept. 20 bone marrow transplant, and it turns out that visit took a toll on her.
"It's a journey that kind of zigzags, and there are complications and things like that, but I feel good. I feel stronger every day," she tells her sister, Sally-Ann Roberts, in an interview that aired on WWL-TV Eyewitness News in New Orleans on Monday and on Good Morning America earlier today. See the clip below:
Roberts continues, "I have felt the prayers. I have felt people lifting me up. I put no small measure on that as the reason that I'm doing as well as I am."
It was Sally-Ann (pictured with Roberts) who donated her bone marrow to Roberts to help her treat the rare blood and bone marrow disorder. That made this experience all the more special for Roberts, who happens to be turning 52 on Friday. She says that she looks to this new year as a "clean slate" and is excited to have a "do-over."
"When I think of that moment and what it was like, you can say rebirth, to be reborn. It's a new beginning. It's like you gave me life," Roberts tells her sister. "You gave me life. And I look at it as a clean slate and how many people can say at this point in their life that they get a do over? That they get a chance to start again? And that's how I feel, that in many ways I am starting again."
In addition to talking about her own illness, Roberts finally opened up about the loss of her mother, Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts, who died in August. Roberts says she believes her mother stayed alive as long as she did to make sure that her daughters were okay.
"This is the first time that I have been through any traumatic experience without her physically being here, and it has weighed on me," Roberts says. "She was there when I took my first breath and what an honor it was to be there when she took her last."