"I don't know what I would have done without my 'chemo buddies,' family and friends, who would sit with me for hours … and a familiar face never came empty handed!" Roberts said. She shared that "GMA" co-anchor Diane Sawyer would often bring her "contraband" comfort food like french fries.
Roberts calls the iPod headphones Sawyer gave her "magic shields." She listened to music during the treatments and said "they kind of fend things off."
Her sister, Dorothy, made Roberts a bracelet she calls a "breastfriends bracelet," with a picture of a butterfly on it that Roberts wears for strength. "It signifies new beginnings," she said.
Before her first treatment, Roberts was given by her friends an iPod loaded with photos of them corresponding with their favorite songs to inspire her.
"It's like a little slideshow that goes by with different songs. … It was a great idea by my friends and they just wanted me to know they were here with me, they were here with me," she said.
Sawyer joined Roberts for her last day. As she sat in the chair, listening to her iPod, enduring one last treatment, Roberts was full of joy.
Photo taken by Claudio Musajo
"Have you decided if you'll go back on the air with short hair?" Sawyer joked with her.
"If I look like Halle Berry, I will," Roberts said with a laugh.