Robin Roberts: I'm Fighting Bone Marrow Disease
'GMA' host insists she'll beat latest health challenge
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2012 10:57 AM CDT
Robin Roberts with her sister Sally-Ann Roberts and ABC News' Diane Sawyer on "Good Morning America" Monday, June 11, 2012.   (AP Photo/ABC, Ida Mae Astute)

(Newser) – Robin Roberts is fighting a rare bone marrow disorder and will undergo a transplant, the Good Morning America co-host revealed today. "Sometimes treatment for cancer can lead to other serious medical issues and that's what I'm facing right now," said an emotional Roberts, who successfully fought breast cancer five years ago, notes the Huffington Post. She added that her condition, MDS, used to be known as "pre-leukemia," but insisted that her chances of survival are excellent given her youth and fitness. "I'm going to beat this," she said, choking up. "My doctors say it and my faith says it to me."

In a separate blog, Roberts elaborated, explaining that her sister is an excellent bone-marrow match who will serve as her donor later this year, and emphasizing that's it's all about perspective: "A few weeks ago, during a rather unpleasant procedure to extract bone marrow for testing, I received word that I would interview President Obama the next day. The combination of landing the biggest interview of my career and having a drill in my back reminds me that it helps to have a good sense of humor when we run smack into the absurdity of life."

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chillette
Jun 11, 2012 5:12 PM CDT
Wishing her and her family the best. Stay strong. Her father was one of the Tuskegee Airmen and she was born with a fighting spirit.
jughead
Jun 11, 2012 1:21 PM CDT
As long as there is a donor available for her, and its accepted and not rejectrd by her body, she will be okay. Im a nurse and I have seen people make a great recovery. She is in good hands, not to mention faith, the best insurance money can buy. She is also a tough fighter, my prayers go out to her mother, and the rest of her family
saridout
Jun 11, 2012 11:45 AM CDT
i love this lady. she just can't get a break :( i sure hope she pulls through ok