Millions of Americans rallied around Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts when she announced in 2007 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Millions again rallied around Roberts in 2012 when she told the world she had been diagnosed with a chemotherapy-related condition called myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). As a result of her battle against both conditions, we can learn several valuable lessons.
One of the most important lessons is that millions of Americans have conquered cancer. When discussing her cancer, Roberts said in 2008, “It is not my life story, and it will not be the last chapter in my life story.” In 2012, there were an estimated 13.7 million cancer survivors in the U.S. The 5-year survival rate for all cancers diagnosed in the U.S. between 2002 and 2008 was 68 percent. We can also learn that chemotherapy is costly—but potentially life-saving. 650,000 patients undergo chemotherapy each year in the U.S. The estimated annual medical costs for a U.S. chemo patient who has private insurance is a whopping $111,000. Another crucial lesson we can all learn is that faith, family, and friends can make a big difference when confronting and battling any type of challenge. Roberts leaned heavily on each of these during her fight, and she has said they’ve given her “the motivation and energy” to face her health challenges.
To learn more about the biggest health and wellness lessons we can all learn from Robin Roberts, take a look at the infographic below presented by InsuranceQuotes.
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