Robin Roberts MDS
Robin Roberts, a host of Good Morning America, bravely spelled out today on the morning newscast her battle with a rare disorder called Myelodysplastic Syndromes, MDS.
Myelodysplastic Syndromes is actually a group of disorders that keeps the bone marrow from producing enough healthy red and white blood cells as well as blood platelets according to the Mayo Clinic. MDS also can possibly lead to cancer.
“My doctors tell me I’m going to beat this, and I know it’s true,” Roberts, 51, said on the show Monday.
Roberts believes after being informed by her physician that the treatment she endured five years ago for breast cancer may have actually lead to this new syndrome. On the same day Roberts learned she had landed an interview with President Barack Obama where the president revealed his support for gay marriage.
“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 adversity of life,” she said.
Roberts disclosed that she will undergo a bone marrow transplant.
“Sometimes treatment for cancer can lead to other serious medical issues and that’s what I’m facing right now,” she said. “The reason I am sharing this with everybody right now is because later today I begin what’s known as pre-treatment.”
Roberts’ older sister is a perfect match and has wholeheartedly agreed to provide the bone marrow.
Roberts will continue hosting in the morning for now; however, after the transplant, she plans not to host while recovering.
Roberts revealed her true courageous spirit as she plans to continuously fight.
“I’m going to beat this,” she said, choking up. “My doctors say it and my faith says it to me.”