Robin Roberts Reveals Bone-Marrow Disease, Will Get Transplant From Sister
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The Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts revealed Monday that she is battling myelodysplastic syndrome or MDS, a disease of the blood and bone marrow.
Robin who will have a bone-marrow transplant, with her sister as a donor says: “My doctors tell me I’m going to beat this – and I know it’s true,” Roberts, 51, 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.”
Robin who battled breast cancer several years ago, will begin chemotherapy immediately and will have 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’s already announced that she expects to miss “a chunk of time” after the transplant, but is still hopeful that she will be able to keep working at GMA full time, or close to it, until then.