GMA co-host Robin Roberts announced on the show this morning that she has been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome. Roberts explained that she will begin chemotherapy for MDS, a disease of the blood and bone marrow, today. She was diagnosed with the rare disease on the same day as the much-scrutinized Obama same-sex marriage interview.
Roberts, a breast cancer survivor, will undergo a bone marrow transplant later this year. Robins' sister will act as her donor, and though the patient survival rate is often bleak, the sisters are a "virtually perfect match" and her doctors remain optimistic.
Going forward, it's business as usual at GMA, which means I'll be right here every day with George, Sam, Josh and Lara. When I miss a day here or there, I'm fortunate that some very talented friends at ABC News will fill-in. When I undergo the transplant later this year, I'll miss a chunk of time.
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.
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