Robin Roberts diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome

Robin Roberts diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome

San Francisco : CA : USA | Jun 12, 2012 at 10:31 AM PDT
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Robin Roberts on MDS Battle

Robin Roberts, renowned American television broadcaster and the anchor of ABC's morning show, "Good Morning America", on Monday's "GMA" told her fans that she had been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome. Roberts said she found out about this disease on the day when "GMA" beat NBC’s “Today” in ratings for the first time in 16 years.

Myelodysplastic syndrome is a diverse collection of hematological (blood-related) medical conditions that involve ineffective production of the myeloid class of blood cells. Roberts will have to undergo a bone marrow transplant this autumn. Her sister will be her donor.

It should be noted that Roberts beat breast cancer five years ago.

On the show, Roberts said, “I slept like a baby last night for the first night since my diagnosis." Her fans and colleagues have been very supportive during this traumatic phase. She further added, "My family and I are overwhelmed and comforted by the response from everyone."

Co-anchor George Stephanoupolos read a tweet Michelle Obama sent to Roberts: "Barack and I have you in our prayers. We believe in you and thank you for bringing awareness and hope to others. –mo"

Several other celebrities including Katie Couric, Kristin Chenoweth, Josh Groban, Gayle King and Rob Lowe have also tweeted good wishes for the "Good Morning America" host.

Doctors are very positive about her treatment. Roberts said, "My doctors tell me I'm going to beat this and I know it's true. 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."

Robin Roberts is most likely to begin her chemotherapy immediately. She will continue to appear on the morning show, but it is expected that she will take some months off after her transplant for her recovery. During her appearance on Good Morning America, she remained composed and strong and openly talked about her disease.

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during an interview with "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during an interview with "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts
harry68 is based in San Francisco, California, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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