"The Game" star and "Sweet Valley High" alum Brittany Daniel got emotional on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday, April 3, as she spoke about battling stage IV non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in an interview with co-anchor Robin Roberts, a fellow cancer survivor.
The 38-year-old actress, revealed her past ailment -- the seventh leading cause of cancer death in the United States -- in a People magazine story published in March. She had made a surprise exit from the BET series "The Game" about two years ago and moved in with her twin sister Cynthia, who starred with her on "Sweet Valley High" in the 1990s, and their mother while she underwent treatment, including chemotherapy.
"I'm doing great," she told Roberts on "GMA." "I'm in remission for the last two years. I'm totally healthy and I'm doing really good."
Roberts is a breast cancer survivor who also battled myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a rare blood and bone disorder, in 2012. She received a bone marrow transplant from her sister.
Robin Roberts to Brittany Daniel: "I just want to hug you"
Roberts, who allowed "GMA" to air footage of her at the hospital and emotional recovery, asked Daniel why she decided to talk about her ailment publicly. The actress revealed that she battled depression after she was declared cancer-free.
"I went through a lot of sadness, so I've gone through many stages through this," she said. "I pulled through that and for me, I think I'm in the final stages of this emotional healing and I feel like now, I need to talk about this. I feel like I need to reach out, I need strength from all sources and I want to be able to share my story for myself and I really want to be able to help other people."
"I would watch shows like this when I was going through this and I want anybody watching to know that it is absolutely possible to get through something like," Daniel said, her voice wavering. "So for me, I feel, deep in my soul, that I want to be able to reach out to people and go, 'It's possible.' I was bald. I was 30 pounds lighter than this and it is possible to get through something like this and I hope that if I can speak about it, I can give somebody else hope, so I want to speak out about it."
Roberts then said, "I just want to hug you."
"I'm just so happy for you," she told Daniel.
The co-anchor also mentioned colleague Amy Robach's recent breast cancer battle and later told Daniel: "It's so important for people to hear that."
Brittany reprised her role as Kelly Pitts on "The Game" last month.
Yes, yes, I am back and I am so grateful to BET because, I mean, I thought I was gone -- literally," the actress told Roberts. "I thought I was gone -- Brittany was gone, Kelly was gone, and I'm so grateful to be back on the show and I'm stirring up some trouble -- unintentionally, stirring up some trouble but I'm stepping on some toes and I'm back and it's a pretty exciting season and I'm so blessed to be back on the show."