"I was in a really bad place," says the ABC morning anchor, who fought off depression during chemo
While undergoing chemo treatments for breast cancer, Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts says she reached an all-time low.
“I was in a really bad place,” she tells PEOPLE. “I didn’t want to fake it [on TV].”
Roberts, 47, decided to take off the last three weeks of the year – the longest break she had taken since her diagnosis last July.
“I needed more rest. It was too much,” she says, especially given her grueling up-before-dawn work schedule. “I don’t recommend anyone going through chemo get up at 4 a.m.”
By December, the treatment had become an emotional drain. “I was mourning the loss of my health,” says Roberts.
But she rebounded quickly after her year-end respite. “I think taking long walks really helped,” she says. “And I circled January 10, the day of my last chemo treatment, on the calendar so I had a goal, an end in sight.”
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