GMA Host Robin Roberts Drops Health Bombshell: Bone Marrow Disease

I have long been a fan of Good Morning America and especially of Robin Roberts. Her ebullient nature, her up for anything attitude are things that made my morning… I, as many of you have watched her go from a sports newscaster to being an all around interviewer, and journalist capable of handling heads of states as adroitly as sugar coated pop stars. In 2007 we watched as she gracefully shared the gravity of her diagnosis of breast cancer with the viewing audience, she took us with her for treatments, for the shaving of her head- which I really loved she looked great totally shorne… I remember it all…

Personally I breathed a sigh of relief when she “beat” it, and slowly over the 5 years the memory of her illness seemed to fade.. literally a thing of the past. She never missed a beat, she was on her game and on camera with that mega watt smile and jocular interaction with her co-hosts, it made us forget. Well Monday brought that all back  Roberts made the announcement that she was suffering from Bone Marrow Disease  or myelodysplastic syndrome(MDS ) which can be an effect of cancer treatment. It reminds me of the question I wrote about a while ago “Are we our Bodies?”
I think that this shows without a doubt that we are more our spirits…My Prayers are with you Ms. Roberts.
From Her Blog:

s many of you know, 5 years ago I beat breast cancer.  I’ve always been a fighter, and with all of your prayers and support, a winner.

Sometimes the treatment for cancer can cause other serious medical problems. Today, I want to let you know that I’ve been diagnosed with MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome.  It’s a disease of the blood and bone marrow and was once known as preleukemia.

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.

Today, I will start what is known as pre-treatment -– chemotherapy in advance of a bone marrow transplant later this year. Bone marrow donors are scarce and particularly for African-American women.  I am very fortunate to have a sister who is an excellent match, and this greatly improves my chances for a cure.  As you know from my recent interview with Mark Zuckerberg, organ donation is vitally important. Many people don’t realize they can be bone marrow donors.  I encourage everyone to sign up on a donor registry like bethematch.org.

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.

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.

Love and blessings,

Robin

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