Robin Roberts on Continuing Treatment

Part 6: The "Good Morning America" anchor tells Barbara Walters why she shared her journey with viewers.
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in our morning meetings at "the view", we have a little game we play. Is it possible to get through one hot topics meeting without mentioning kanye west or kim kardashian? Usually, the answer is no. So, why should this program be any different? It's the year's unlikeliest romance, a love story that could only take place in the celebrity universe. Kanye west, the hard-edge rapper with 19 grammys. He's widely considered one of the era's biggest musical talents. ♪ That's how long I've been on ya ♪ Walters: And kim kardashian, the reality star. Mom, will you turn the air off? It's, like, so freezing I can't function. The story of kimye started years ago. He fell in love with her beauty when she was pop singer brandy's personal assistant. But when did she fall for him? Was it the moment he insulted taylor swift? I'm really happy for you. I'm gonna let you finish. But beyonce had one of the best videos of all time. Or the moment he insulted george w. Bush? George bush doesn't care about black people. Or the time he threw a punch at a paparazzi? Who knows? Love is a mystery. I've interviewed them both before, and I like them. In 2005, kanye told me something that now seems a little surprising. Is marriage something you think about? Yeah, 'cause I'm not into, like, dating celebrities. I spoke to kim on day 47 of her 72-day marriage to kris humphries. And she told me something that now also seems surprising. How is married life? Married life is good. Sadly, some people have mocked them. I'm kanye west and this is my girl, kim kardashian. What better way to start off your morning than with our energy, my opinions, and the sound of kim's voice? HI, GUYS. And skeptics say their relationship will never last because kanye says he hates the press poking into his private life and kim does not seem to have that problem. Kanye, as he has often pointed out, has many talents. I'm a creative genius, and there's no other way to word it. He's a singer... I'm the number-one rockstar on the planet. ...A thinker... Every time I talk, it is a crack in the matrix. ...A clothes designer... It's not about fashion. It's about life. ...And a stylist. Kanye hooked up kim with the designer of this dress. As for kim's talents. Well, she is very good at being herself. Still, their union has already born fruit -- their adorable baby daughter, whom they named north west. And their music video, which features kim acting. Woman: ♪ Uh-huh, honey ♪ Walters: And if nothing they do seems entirely real, they seem really happy doing it. They are two people who love the spotlight and thrive in it. And when they're together, their love burns so bright, it hurts your eyes. My next wonderful guest likes to say that she has turned her mess into her message. For my colleague, robin roberts, 2013 was a terrible and a terrific year. This year, robin roberts covered the biggest story of her career, her own battle to live. Five years ago, I beat breast cancer. Now, sometimes, treatment for cancer can lead to other serious medical issues, and that's what I'm facing right now. She had a rare disease, mds, a cancer of the blood. She was given less than two years to live. Her only hope -- a bone marrow transplant. Man: Remember, you're gonna take a full deep breath in. Over the next year, she battled the disease, documenting every step of her journey. I don't even flinch anymore. And she let viewers see it all -- her vulnerability... ...Her loneliness... ...Her faith. ♪ Rejoice emmanuel ♪ ♪ we love you, dear sister, yes, we do ♪ Walters: You made the conscious decision to allow people to go through your whole medical journey. Why did you decide to do that? I've been in people's home for the last 10 years, having breakfast with them. And so, they feel like you're a part of the family. Born in 1960, she grew up the youngest of four in a small mississippi town in the midst of the civil rights movement. Her father was in the famed black fighter squadron, the tuskegee airmen. Her mother, the first african-american to head the mississippi board of education. At one point, you wanted to be a professional basketball player. Yeah, what happened to that? Something called, ooh -- oh, yeah. Ability. Oh, that. That, you must have. So, this is my way of, more or less, being a professional athlete. Walters: So, she became a sports reporter... Ready or not, the nhl season hits... ...Becoming the first black anchorwoman for espn... WELCOME TO ABC's WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS. ...And the first black female host of "wide world of sports". Good morning, america. Then in 2005, she landed the co-host job at "good morning america"... Good morning. Good morning. Good morning, everyone. ...And went from trailblazer to household name. Then last year, her career reached a new high when "good morning america" became the number-one morning show. For the second time in two weeks, "gma" beat the "today show" in the ratings war. Walters: It was just hours later that she first learned she was sick. What were you actually told? You go to the doctor and say, "i feel tired," and what do they tell you? Still hurts. Still hurts. It was hard, barbara, because... There was so much that was unknown. I was scared. For the first time, I was truly frightened. The life or death question, would one of her siblings be a bone marrow match? All three were tested. Your sister sally-ann was the one whose bone marrow was the same as yours. What are you giving her for christmas? she can have anything she wants. Go, sally, go. After the transplant procedure, robin's immune system was wiped out. Sally, you're in me. Even the smallest infection could kill her. She spent 30 days in isolation, another six months off the air recovering. And when she finally returned to the anchor chair this past february, it was a public celebration. Hi, it's robin and I have been waiting 174 days to say this. Good morning, america. Walters: But her fight is far from over. Robin, is there any chance of a relapse? There's always a chance that it could return. It's not something -- you have to find who you are today. I realize that when I start becoming depressed I'm thinking about the past. I realize if I'm becoming anxious, I'm thinking about the future. But when I just kind of, like, "i'm right here with barbara walters." That's just being in the present and just enjoying the moment. That's a good day.

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