ABC's Robin Roberts Diagnosed With MDS

June 11, 2012 By:
ABC's Robin Roberts Diagnosed With MDS

Five years after beating breast cancer, "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts gets another scary diagnosis.

In an emotional reveal on the show this morning, Roberts surrounded by her coworkers who offered up words of encouragement, said that she’s been suffering from MDS, myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease that effects a persons blood and bone marrow.

She mentioned that her current state may be a result of the treatments she received during her previous battle with cancer, as often survivors face serious illness later in life.

Roberts let the people know that despite the daunting diagnosis, she is strong and prepared for what lies ahead, "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."

At one point in the segment she adds the inspirational T-shirt worthy adage, “Its about focusing on the fight, not the fright.”

She is set to begin chemotherapy immediately and eventually will have to have a bone marrow transplant.

The teary-eyed host emphasized how grateful she was for all the emotional support she has gotten from her sister, who is also, luckily, a perfect match for the pending transplant. "I am very fortunate to have a sister who is an excellent match, and this greatly improves my chances for a cure."

She is also appreciative of all the support she has gotten over the years from her fans and coworkers who have become an extension of her family, and credits all the love she feels for helping her through her earlier trials.

This time around, she is hoping for the same, "In facing this new challenge, I ask humbly for more of your prayers and love – as I will keep you in my mind and update you regularly on my condition."

We will keep her in our thoughts, and wish her nothing the best.

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