The Good Morning America anchor revealed this morning that she is battling myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood and bone marrow disease. She announced that she will have to undergo a bone-marrow transplant, and luckily her sister is a perfect match.
My doctors tell me I’m going to beat this – and I know it’s true,” Roberts, 51, wrote in a letter 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.”
“I am very fortunate to have a sister who is an excellent match, and this greatly improves my chances for a cure,” she says. The transplant will take place in the fall, Roberts said. In the meantime, she will have to begin chemotherapy immediately.
“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. 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 says she plans to continue working full time at GMA, or close to it, up until the transplant.
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