'Good Morning America' Host Robin Roberts Diagnosed with Bone Marrow Disease
Five years after beating her battle with breast cancer, Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts has been diagnosed with another life-threatening disease.
Robin shared her heartbreaking diagnosis on GMA's website this morning, revealing that she is battling MDS — myelodysplastic syndrome — a disease of the blood and bone marrow once known as preleukemia.
Robin will immediately begin treatment this afternoon and will undergo a bone-marrow transplant later this year. Her donor will be her sister, who Robin says is an "excellent match" and "greatly improves my chances for a cure."
Although Robin is revealing this devastating news today, she has known about her diagnosis for awhile, finding out on the day she got the chance to sit down with President Barack Obama in the now-historic interview in which he revealed his support for same-sex marriage.
"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," Robin writes, adding, "I will continue to anchor GMA," although she will miss "a chunk of time" following her surgery.
"I've always been a fighter and your love, support and prayers helped me win that fight [with breast cancer] and that's something i will never ever forget," Robin said live on GMA this morning. "It's about focusing on the fight and not the fright.
"In facing this new challenge, I ask humbly for more of your prayers and love," she writes, "as I will keep you in my mine and update you regularly on my condition."