The Today Show weatherman’s wife recently faced a potentially fatal health crisis and has spoken out about caring for her husband.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Roker’s wife of 27 years, Deborah Roberts, talked about taking care of him while he was in the hospital and recovering from a major 7-hour surgery.
“I think a lot of people don’t realize — and I never realized — that being a caretaker is incredibly hard, exhausting, scary, all of those things, and I’ve never gone through anything like this,” she said. “And I sincerely hope I don’t do it again.”
But it’s hard, the 62-year-old continued. “It’s challenging. Healing continues, in my opinion. I’m still worn out. Even though I’m still physically and emotionally drained, I’m glad he’s healthy and we are all alright.”
The 68-year-old Roker is “back to driving me crazy,” Roberts, an ABC News senior national affairs correspondent and contributing anchor for 20/20, laughed, adding that she is happy she could rely on her loved ones through the trying period.
“My faith and spirituality got me through it,” she said. “People were there, texting, emailing, and calling, and it made all the difference. My family got me through it; my coworkers, many of whom are here today, boosted me up when I felt like I couldn’t make it.”
Roker spent about two weeks in the hospital twice at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center starting in early November, when it was discovered that blood clots had spread from his leg to his lungs.
Roker has previously experienced health issues, including being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2020. She said in January that the most recent scare, which brought him perilously near death, frightened Roberts.
Regarding their daughters Leila, 24, Nicholas, 20, and Courtney, 35, Roberts said, “I was bracing myself to talk to the kids about the thought of losing their father.
“I’m grateful to be alive,” Roker said.
“Without you, I wouldn’t be here,” Roker continued.