‘Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts reveals she has a bone marrow disease and the transplant will come from her sister. The American television broadcaster is now facing another health scare. Just on Monday she let the news out about battling MDS, or myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the blood and bone marrow.
“My doctors tell me I’m going to beat this – and I know it’s true,” Roberts, 51, writes in an emotional message to fans on the GMA website.
“If you Google MDS, you may find some scary stuff, including statistics that my doctors insist don’t apply to me. They say I’m younger and fitter than most people who confront this disease and will be cured.”
Her other health battle was when she bat breast cancer some several years past, she will now begin chemotherapy immediately.
The bone-marrow transplant will happen later this year.
“I am very fortunate to have a sister who is an excellent match, and this greatly improves my chances for a cure,” she says.
She expects to miss “a chunk of time” after the transplant, but hopes to keep working at GMA full time, or close to it, until then.
“I love what I do and the people with whom I do it,” she says. “Along with my faith, family and friends, all of you at ABC News give me the motivation and energy to face this challenge.”
“When I faced breast cancer, your prayers and good wishes sustained me, gave me such hope and played a major role in my recovery,” she says. “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.”