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On Tuesday, Oct 20, Good Morning America's Robin Roberts invited Leslie, and Roberts' physician, Dr. Gail Roboz, on her program to discuss The Patient's Playbook, and share tips with viewers about how to get better care.
“I can’t think of who wouldn’t benefit from reading this," said Dr. Roboz, associate professor of medicine and director of the Leukemia Program at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. "You don’t have to be a patient, and you don’t have to be sick. This is for patients, it’s for family members, it’s for well people trying to figure out what to ask their doctor—it’s for doctors to read, to try to figure out what the patient as a consumer and as a self-advocate needs to get from the doctor."
Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2007. Five years later, she was diagnosed with MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the blood and bone marrow. Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant in September of that year; her sister Sally-Ann was a perfect match.
Roberts' story triggered an outpouring of support from across the nation. She made a triumphant return to the anchor desk on February 20, 2013, five months to the day since she underwent the transplant.
She has also been awarded for her excellence in journalism multiple times. In 2014, she received the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, and named one of Glamour's Women of the Year.