Good Morning America anchor, Robin Roberts, announced on Monday that she has been battling MDS, or myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood disease that will require a bone-marrow transplant with help from her donor and sister, Sally-Ann Roberts.
ABC News chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser said that this complication could be a result of treatments Roberts received during her fight with breast cancer five years ago. Roberts and her team expressed high hopes for such a strong woman to overcome the obstacle and regain her health.
Roberts will begin chemotherapy immediately, during which time she will continue appearing on the morning show. However, she is expected take several months off for recovery after the transplant, which is scheduled for the end of the summer.
Roberts has taken the opportunity to thank her coworkers and audiences for their overwhelming support and to encourage more people to donate bone marrow for those in need. Even on television, when you welcome someone into your home each morning for daily information, it’s as if they become part of an inner circle — in which trust, respect, and honesty are invaluable.
.@RobinRoberts, Barack and I have you in our prayers. We believe in you and thank you for bringing awareness and hope to others. –mo
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) June 11, 2012
— ♥ Sunni ♥ (@SunniAndTheCity) June 12, 2012
Sending big hugs, prayers, & cheers out to @RobinRoberts. You inspire me, Friend!
— Daryn Kagan (@DarynKagan) June 12, 2012
— Diane Sawyer (@DianeSawyer) June 11, 2012
— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) June 12, 2012
All our love and prayers with @RobinRoberts. She’ll beat this with all the grace & grit she’s had her whole life.
— GeorgeStephanopoulos (@GStephanopoulos) June 11, 2012