A cancer diagnosis may be an influential factor as to why people start searching the internet for new travel destinations. However, that’s simply a mythical story in the Survivornet community. We’re not sure how accurate it is, but the idea is that some large percentage of people diagnosed with cancer begin looking for life-affirming events, in addition to treatment options.
Certainly, the inspirational ‘Good Morning America’ host and breast cancer survivor Robin Roberts is living out her dream in Italy right now, and, for some of us, the Instagram footage of Capri’s famous Blue Grotto, gorgeous panoramic views and mouth-watering food provides a glimpse into how life could be after treatment.
Before offering more of a glimpse into their vacation, Roberts shared a short video clip to Instagram on Friday, with the caption, “And so it begins….wishing everyone a blessed weekend. arrivederci for now!” The footage—accompanied by Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore”—featured some captivating scenery, such as a scenic road beside a beach, an old church, a relaxing set-up overlooking the water, and a photo of the place they are residing in, which Roberts calls “home.”
Roberts, who has not revealed when in September she’ll return from her trip, has been going on occasional getaways after Laign finished her radiation treatments this summer and her fans have offered nothing but support on social media. “No need to tell you and Sweet Amber to embrace every beautiful moment of that well-deserved vacation,” one fan wrote in response to the TV host’s video post. “Pretty sure that you’ve already started. God bless you two and your beautiful souls.”
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“So breathtaking I could watch this all day. Peaceful and relaxing,” wrote another. Roberts and Laign’s vacation sparked praise from fans, with a third Instagram user commenting, “Enjoy every second!!! And oh my goodness EAT ALL THE FOOD!! ALL OF IT!! Seriously, how is the food just so incredible? I miss Italy.”
Robin Roberts and Amber Laign Battle Breast Cancer
Laign and Roberts have remained partners for 17 years. And over the course of their relationship, they’ve had to support each other during many highs and lows – including each of their breast cancer battles.
Roberts, a two-time cancer survivor, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 after discovering a lump. Ironically, she made this discovery while preparing for a news segment on performing self-checks.
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In addition to breast cancer, which she fought through early detection and surgery, Roberts had MDS, known as myelodysplastic syndrome—a rare type of blood cancer where abnormal cells form in the body’s bone marrow. She ultimately underwent a life-saving bone marrow transplant.
Meanwhile, although Laign has completed chemotherapy and radiation, it remains unclear what further treatment she may need.
Roberts, the author of Brighter By The Day, recently celebrated 20 years with GMA, and also addressed Amber’s battle.
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“When you’re the patient you know what you’re doing—by your treatment, you have your doctors, you have people watching over you that are helping you,” Roberts began, addressing how her own battle was much different than what she is experiencing now. “When you’re on the other end as a caregiver, you feel helpless,” she admits. “And that’s what’s been so difficult.”
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Understanding Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is a common cancer that has been the subject of much research. Many women develop breast cancer every year, but men can develop this cancer too – although it is more rare, in part, due to the simple fact that they have less breast tissue.
Screening for breast cancer is typically done via mammogram, which looks for lumps in the breast tissue and signs of cancer. The American Cancer Society (ACS) says women should begin annual mammogram screening for breast cancer at age 45 if they are at average risk for breast cancer. The ACS also says those aged 40-44 have the option to start screening with a mammogram every year, and women age 55 and older can switch to a mammogram every other year, or they can choose to continue annual mammograms.
It’s also important to be on top of self breast exams. If you ever feel a lump in your breast, you should be vigilant and talk to your doctor right away. Voicing your concerns as soon as you have them can lead to earlier cancer detection which, in turn, can lead to better outcomes.
The Resilience of Cancer Warriors
Although cancer is a major challenge, there is no shortage of stories showing the resiliency of humans facing daunting circumstances and persevering.
Danielle Ripley-Burgess, a two-time colon cancer survivor, is another resilient cancer survivor like Roberts and Laign. She was first diagnosed with colon cancer in high school and proceeded to beat the disease not once, but twice.
Understandably so, Ripley-Burgess has had to work through a lot of complex emotions that came with her cancer journey. Even still, she’s always managed to look at life with a positive attitude.
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“As I’ve worked through the complex emotions of cancer, I’ve uncovered some beautiful things: Wisdom. Love. Life purpose. Priorities,” she previously told SurvivorNet. “I carry a very real sense that life is short, and I’m grateful to be living it!” This has made me optimistic. Optimism doesn’t mean that fear, pain and division don’t exist – they do. Our world is full of negativity, judgment, and hate. Optimism means that I believe there’s always good to be found despite the bad, and this is what my life is centered around.”
After going through something as difficult as cancer, Ripley-Burgess now goes through life with a sense of purpose. Happily in remission today, she’s determined to, one day, leave the world better than she found it.
“We can choose to stay positive, treat others with respect and look for the light in spite of the darkness,” she said. “This type of attitude and behavior will lead to the kind of legacies I believe all of us hope to leave.”
Contributing: Abigail Seaberg
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