'GMA' Host Robin Roberts Announces She's Diagnosed With MDS

Mon, June 11, 2012 9:14am EDT by 33 Comments
Robin Roberts Cancer Announcement

In a shocking announcement this morning, breast cancer survivor Robin Roberts announced she is suffering from Myelodysplastic Syndrome and will undergo a bone marrow transplant. Our hearts are with her.

We’re so sorry to report that GMA host Robin Roberts, 51, has been diagnosed with MDS — Myelodysplastic Syndrome.

The breast cancer survivor announced that this is a rare side effect of breast cancer treatment and will begin pre-treatment for the disease today, June 11, in preparation for a bone marrow transplant.

“I will beat this,” she told viewers on June 11.

Her older sister Sally-Ann Roberts, 55, will be her bone marrow donor.

“I am blessed,” Robin said, holding back tears, because her sister is a “virtually perfect” bone marrow match.

Robin revealed that she has known about her devastating disease for a while now. She found out about her diagnosis when GMA’s ratings beat The Today Show for the first time in 16 years on April 17. Then, after going through a painful procedure to extract bone marrow for testing, the journalist received word she would interview President Barack Obama on May 9.

“Talk about your highs and lows,” she said.

Fortunately, doctors are hopeful for her recovery.

“My doctors tell me I’m going to beat this — and I know it’s true,” Robin said.

However, she will be off the GMA couch for “a chunk of time” as she battles her illness.

“Bottom line: I’ve been living with this diagnosis for a while and will continue to anchor GMA,” she said. “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.”

Our hearts and prayers are with Robin at this time.

What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Were you shocked to hear the news? Weigh in below.

– By Nicole Karlis

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Posted at 11:12 AM on June 15, 2012  

Dear Robin,
I watch you on GMA almost every morning and am sorry to hear about your illness. You are a strong spirited woman and we all know that you will come through with shining colors. All of America has your back. You are in our thoughts and prayers always. God will take care of you and protect you. We love you Robin. Leslie

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Posted at 10:00 PM on June 12, 2012  

My prayers are with you. God wrap your arms around Robin and help to heal her in Jesus name I pray Amen.

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Cathy Schreifels

Posted at 6:12 PM on June 12, 2012  

Robin, I just wanted you to know I am an MDS survivor. Five years since the diagnosis. I had the form of MDS that inhibits platelets. I had not one day of sickness. I had Vidaza treatments 5 days a month. God be with you. I’ve had a soft spot in my heart for you since your breast cancer happened around the same time I was diagnosed with MDS. your bravery then helped me be brave, too. I am praying for you incessantly. God is ultimately our only Physician and I am praying your doctors will be most excellently skilled and knowledgable, having enough wisdom to listen listen to His Guidance and wisdom.

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Posted at 9:37 AM on June 12, 2012  

Hi Robin :
Sorry for my typo, I ment to say God Bless you and I hope to see you soon on Good Morning America. My all family loves you very much.

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Anthony J Mangogna

Posted at 9:32 AM on June 12, 2012  

Hi Robin:
Sorry to hear about your problem with your health. I know that you always have been a figthter ad you will come out of this soon. May Good bless because I would like to see you back on Good Morning America.

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Bertha

Posted at 8:26 AM on June 12, 2012  

Robin Keep the FAITH. Our God is an awesome God. I think very highly of you, in fact you are one of my favorite people. God Bless.

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Archie

Posted at 1:45 AM on June 12, 2012  

Every since you ESPN days and even when you played college ball I have simply been a fan. You accomplishments have made me quite proud of who we are as a people. God bless you and we are praying for you. The odds are in your favor and God can do all things but fail.. Hold to that-it’s gonna’ be allright.

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Linda

Posted at 10:53 PM on June 11, 2012  

Robin, you are the best! My prayers are with you. You are such a fighter and so strong and we know God will help you through this. Realizing this will be a hard struggle for you we will miss you when you are not there. But we will know you are fighting a hard battle. Bless you.

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Connie

Posted at 5:21 PM on June 11, 2012  

Did not want to hear news like this about you Robin…but know you will guet through this because you are so strong and such a fighter.

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Donna

Posted at 4:27 PM on June 11, 2012  

Robin,
We love you! We’re so proud of you! Your strength ,your courage, your faith is evident.Your such a role model. You’ll be in my prayers.
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carol jervey

Posted at 4:00 PM on June 11, 2012  

Robin,
We are praying for you. I watch GMA because I respect you as a person. You will make it. God will help.
Praying,
Carol

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Scott

Posted at 12:06 PM on June 11, 2012  

God Bless you Robin

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Posted at 11:58 AM on June 11, 2012  

God bless you, Robin. Get well very soon.

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Posted at 11:54 AM on June 11, 2012  

Good luck robin….for sure you ‘ll come out on top as u always do….

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mary

Posted at 9:27 AM on June 11, 2012  

Robin, my heart felt prayers go out to you hun. I feel good about this since your sister is a perfect match. God be with you, I watch GMA because of you. So I will definitely miss you, get well soon and hurry back. Love you, your the best!!!!!!! Mary Woodmansee-Indianapolis, Indiana

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Posted at 10:34 AM on June 11, 2012  

Robin,

Get well! You will beat this! Take care! We want you to get strong and healthy.

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