GMA's Robin Roberts Undergoing Bone Marrow Transplant for 'Rare Blood Disorder'

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robin roberts gma cancerGood Morning America anchor Robin Roberts, who beat breast cancer five years ago, announced on air this morning that she’ll undergo chemotherapy and a bone-marrow transplant after being diagnosed with MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome.

An emotional Roberts told the audience that her older sister is “a virtually perfect match” and will be her donor.

ABC News shared on its Web site a note that Roberts wrote to staffers, detailing that her MDS — formerly referred to as prelukemia — is likely the result of having undergone breast-cancer treatment, and that she received her diagnosis “on the very day that Good Morning America finally beat [NBC's Today] for the first time in 16 years.

“Then a few weeks ago, during a rather unpleasant procedure to extract bone marrow for testing,” Roberts continued, “I received word that I would interview President Obama the next day. The combination of landing the biggest interview of my career and having a drill in my back reminds me that God only gives us what we can handle and that it helps to have a good sense of humor when we run smack into the absurdity of life.”

Roberts added that while a Google search of MDS will yield “some scary stuff,” her doctors insist statistics on the disease do not apply to her. “They say I’m younger and fitter than most people who confront this disease and will be cured,” she wrote.

Roberts maintained that it will be “business as usual” and that she will remain in the anchor chair in the coming months at GMA, with some “very talented friends at ABC News” filling in when she misses the occasional day. In late summer or fall, when she undergoes her bone-marrow transplant, she’ll miss “a chunk of time.”

“I am going to beat this,” Roberts said on air. “My doctor say it and my faith says it to me.”

Comments (16)

  • Good luck to Robin. A big fighter and a winner. No difference this time. God bless!

    Comment by nitemar – June 11, 2012 06:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Robin GOD is good and does great things. I admire you and your wonderful GMA Family ! You are an inspiration to me. I will keep you in my prayers . Elia Lopez, Lyford, Texas

    Comment by Elia Lopez – June 11, 2012 07:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I admire your courage to go public with this! My mother died at 62 as a result of breast cancer. She too was a wonderful person! You are an insperation and I love watching you every morning on GMA and some of my magazines. I am praying for you!
    Linda from Duluth

    Comment by LInda McCubbin – June 11, 2012 07:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Robin, wishing you a peaceful heart and God is good. GMA team shows so much love and caring. I truly enjoy watching and laughing. What a team!!!

    Comment by Linda Plemons – June 11, 2012 07:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • God is trying to recruit her to anchor Good Morning Heaven…

    Comment by JD – June 11, 2012 08:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • God bless Robin.

    Comment by Renee – June 11, 2012 09:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “A near perfect match”….awesome!! She’ll have no problem beating this!!

    Comment by Linda – June 11, 2012 09:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Robin is one tough cookie and is an example of class personified.

    Comment by Jenny – June 11, 2012 10:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Robin, you are a lady of inspiration, courage, strength, and dignity. You are in the thoughts and prayers of more people than you can ever imagine. We all cherish you for so many reasons, but most importantly for your ability to connect with the public despite your celebrity status always showing the human side. Sharing your personal fight with all of us was an incredible thing to do. Your battle is our battle!! We will walk every step of this walk with you. Stay strong and may God bless.


    Comment by Pam Nagle – June 11, 2012 12:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just another battle for one amazing warrior!!! Once again, you will be victorious! God is around you and in you Robin. Be still and know that HE is God!!! Praying for you everyday and asking God to surround you with many angels and love!! Linda R. Shelbyville, Ky

    Comment by Linda Romero – June 11, 2012 01:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love her courage and optimism.

    Comment by Ryan – June 11, 2012 06:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wish Robin the best. Hope the surgery goes well for her.

    Comment by Diana S – June 11, 2012 08:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow, that’s a tough road ahead. I’m glad she’s found a donor, though, and that the outlook remains positive. Best of luck and get well wishes to her.

    Comment by Angela – June 11, 2012 09:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I know she can beat it she is very strong. I have had MDS for 12 years.

    Comment by Marie – June 12, 2012 05:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Slezak—*pre leukemia

    Comment by Rebecca – June 16, 2012 07:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • God Bless you Robin ,You know God is a Healer and he has you covered from top to bottom blessing for a fast recovery to get you home and back to us on GMA soon Love and my prayer,Mim Thomas

    Comment by Miriam Thomas's – September 21, 2012 04:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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