“I’d seen a news article here in the U.K. a few years ago, something similar, and it just sparked a memory of that,” Robb told Today in 2008. “Also, the word ‘cancer’ sprang to mind with the same memory. So obviously I was quite concerned and just decided to do more research.”
A thorough online search confirmed Robb’s worst fears. She discovered that a retinoblastoma – a tumor in the eye – could be responsible for the whiteness. Furthermore, if left untreated, the illness could spread to other parts of the body.