Robin Roberts: “I’m Going to Beat” Rare Blood Disorder
‘Good Morning America’ anchor beat breast cancer five years ago
“Here we go again…” said Robin Roberts, as she announced to “Good Morning America” that she will begin treatment for a rare blood disease on Monday.
It’s a disease of the blood and bone marrow, she wrote in an article posted online shortly after her on-air statement.
“My doctors tell me I'm going to beat this -- and I know it's true,” Roberts wrote. “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.”
To read Roberts’ full statement, click here.
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ABC News president Ben Sherwood shared the news with network employees shortly before Roberts went live on GMA Monday morning.
From Sherwood’s statement:
We love Robin, the heart and soul of ABC News, and we'll stand arm in arm with her as she fights this new battle. She is the captain of our GMA team; she has been the keystone of our recent victories; and she will lead the program for many years to come.
ABC News medical correspondent Dr. Richard Besser said chances are good that Roberts will beat the disorder.
“Many patients with MDS are cured and go on to live long and productive lives,” Besser wrote on Monday. “The good news is that her doctors expect Robin to be cured. She is young and incredibly healthy.”
Five years ago, Roberts beat breast cancer. Last year, it was announced that the veteran sports newscaster would be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.