Robin Roberts Announcement on GMA of MDS [Video]

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Robin Roberts Announcement on GMA

Robin Roberts from Good Morning America announced on Monday that she was diagnosed with MDS or myelodsyplastic syndrome, a blood and bone marrow disorder formerly known as preleukemia.

Five years ago, in 2007, Robin Roberts revealed she had breast cancer and beat it with surgery. She revealed the new diagnosis is linked to her previous health issues.

“My doctors tell me I’m going to beat this — and I know it’s true,” Robin Roberts wrote in an open letter posted on GMA online.

Robin Roberts will continue to anchor “Good Morning America” while she is receiving treatment. She will have to miss some work when she has her initial transplant, but for the time being it’s going to be “business as usual at GMA. I’ll be right here every day with George, Sam, Josh and Lara,” Robin Roberts wrote. “When I miss a day here or there, I’m fortunate that some very talented friends at ABC News will fill-in. When I undergo the transplant later this year, I’ll miss a chunk of time.”

Her “pre-treatment” chemotherapy started Monday, June 11, 2012 to prepare her for the bone marrow transplant she’ll be receiving later in the year from her sister.

“Bone marrow donors are scarce and particularly for African-American women. I am very fortunate to have a sister who is an excellent match, and this greatly improves my chances for a cure,” Robin Roberts said.

Robin Roberts also added, “I received my MDS diagnosis 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!  Then a few weeks ago, during a rather unpleasant procedure to extract bone marrow for testing, 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.”

Between 15,000 and 18,000 cases of MDS are diagnosed each year in the United States, with tens of thousands more people living with the disease. With that, around 10,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a blood-related disorder every year, according to the National Marrow Donor Program. Usually the best treatment is a bone marrow transplant. During the transplant procedure, a donor’s stem cells are directly transfused into the other patient’s bloodstream. Then the patient’s new cells will multiply and create bone marrow that’s healthy.

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  1. Robin, I was away last week with “no TV” and yesterday I caught the tail end of George’s comments on his program. I had to immediately go to the computer to see what was going on with my favorite “gal” in the morning. You are a fighter, I watched you during your breast cancer fight and I know you will win this battle as well. Prayers are going out your way.

  2. Robin, always remember the footprints, when there was only one set, that was when God carried you. Your faith is strong and I know you believe in his power. GOD BLESS

  3. I had breast cancer 7 years ago and a recurrence this year undergoing chemo surgery and radiation. I WILL CELEBRATE WITH YOU WHEN WE FINISH OUR FIGTHING BUSINESS THIS YEAR!!!

  4. Dear Robin, I have enjoyed you on tv for years and I plan to keep watching you for many years to come. Stay strong, keep your friends close and God closer and fight as hard as you can. The treatment will make you feel horrible, but remember that it’s the treatment… not you. It’s a rough road you have to go down but you will make too the other side! Please remember that there are millions of your fans out here, praying for you and pulling for you and waiting for the good news when you are done with your treament and feeling better!

  5. Robin – I was diagnosed with breast cancer just shortly after you were in 2007. I watched every moment with you – and felt such a kinship. I’m 4 years past chemo with many rough times in between but cannot express to you how much I appreciate your attitude and strength…. My heart is hurting right now for you but I know how much you need life to be “normal”. You said that in your interview – and I can’t tell you how much I stressed that to everyone I knew. When I was in the hospital with neutropenia or having major reconstructive surgery – I really just wanted normal. So – NORMAL it is – I will watch you every day and think of you in your battle.

  6. Robin, my sister, Sally, was a two -time cancer survivor before developing MDS. Her struggles taught me a great deal about the importance of faith and never giving up. She believed wholeheartedly and often said, “if God has led me to it, God will see me through it.”
    God will take care of you, Robin. Stay strong in your faith and in your fight!

    You are in my prayers and in the thoughts and prayers of the many lives you have touched. Peace be with you!

  7. Robin,
    I have always admired your spirit, your humor, and your grace. I will be praying for your throughout your treatment……I BELIEVE!!

  8. Robin, continue to be positive and always remember that GOD is in control, he promised you that he will see you through your challenge. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Gillian Harpaul-Maragh
    Fort Lauderdale, FL

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