The woman who battled breast cancer, blood disease, and a bone marrow transplant won America over for being the poster-child for awareness amongst women. Roberts had even encouraged fellow GMA correspondent Amy Robach to embark on a mammogram which led to her own early diagnosis of the disease. But to round out the end of her first year as a healthy survivor, Robin Roberts acknowledged her family, friends, and partner of a decade, Amber Laign, in a heartfelt note on her Facebook status.
The note read:
"At this moment I am at peace and filled with joy and gratitude.
I am grateful to God, my doctors and nurses for my restored good health.
I am grateful for my sister, Sally-Ann, for being my donor and giving me the gift of life.
I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together.
I am grateful for the many prayers and well wishes for my recovery. I return every one of them to you 100 fold."
Since then the host has received an overwhelming amount of support from celebs and fans alike. Rapper-turned-Businessman Russell Simmons tweeted, "Sending good thoughts to Robin Roberts. #LoveIsLove."
Even the first lady Michelle Obama sent words of support and encouragement as she tweeted, "I am so happy for you and Amber! You continue to make us all proud. –mo."
The GMA anchor met Amber Laign, a massage therapist in San Fransisco, through mutual friends. Although friends, colleagues, and family knew about the duo's relationship, this was the first public revelation Roberts has ever made about her sexuality.
Robin Roberts first anchored as a sportscaster with ESPN in 1990. She was then featured on Good Morning America in 1995. Since then she has become one of the most revered newscasters of the GMA team even winning a Peabody for her documentation of her treatments and advocating for women's health. Roberts also received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY's earlier this year presented and handed by our own Miami Heat 2-time MVP Lebron James.