The Good Morning America host Robin Roberts revealed the morning of June 11, 2012, that she has been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). This condition, which affects the bone and marrow, was once known as preleukemia. Her doctors have told her that she will beat it.
Five years ago, the host also beat breast cancer. Her diagnosis of MDS is a result of complications from the breast cancer treatments. She is both young and fit enough to beat this disease, and she will start bone marrow transplants and chemotherapy to help combat it.
Roberts wrote in her blog, “I received my MDS diagnosis on the very day that Good Morning America finally beat the Today Show for the first time in 16 years. Talk about your highs and lows! Then 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 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 absurdity of life.”
“Bottom line: I’ve been living with this diagnosis for awhile and will continue to anchor GMA. I love what I do and the people with whom I do it. Along with my faith, family and friends, all of you at ABC News give me the motivation and energy to face this challenge.”