Robin Roberts dealing with rare blood disorder
New York City, NY, United States (4E) – Robin Roberts, 51, the popular host of Good Morning America, revealed on GMA‘s website that she has been diagnosed with MDS, myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the blood and bone marrow once known as preleukemia.
Roberts wrote, “My doctors tell me I’m going to beat this — and I know it’s true. They say I’m younger and fitter than most people who confront this disease and will be cured.”
Roberts will at once undergo chemotherapy. She will have bone marrow transplant later this year.
Roberts said her sister will be the donor. “I am very fortunate to have a sister who is a excellent match, and this greatly improves my chances for a cure,” Roberts explained.
In trying to lighten the mood about the diagnosis, Roberts detailed that she was diagnosed with MDS “on the very day that Good Morning America finally beat the Today Show for the first time in 16 years. Talk about your highs and lows!”
“I’ve been living with this diagnosis for awhile and will continue to anchor GMA,” Roberts said, noting that she will miss “a chunk of time” during her surgery later this year.
“When I faced breast cancer, your prayers and good wishes sustained me, gave me such hope and played a major role in my recovery. In facing this new challenge, I ask humbly for more of your prayers and love – as I will keep you in my mine and update you regularly on my condition,” Roberts told her supporters.