Robin Roberts on MDS Diagnosis: I Will Beat This

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Five years after beating breast cancer, Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts announced to a national audience today that she has been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) a rare blood disorder that will require chemotherapy and a bone-marrow transplant.

Roberts, holding back tears, told viewers that her older sister is “a virtually perfect match” and will serve as her donor.

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ABC has made public a letter Roberts wrote to GMA staffers, in which she says she learned of the disease "a few weeks ago, during a rather unpleasant procedure to extract bone marrow for testing.

"I [then] 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.”

Roberts plans to remain in her position while undergoing treatment, though she'll miss a "chunk of time" later this summer for the transplant. Robin added that doctors have said her age and fitness levels should play a key role in successfully confronting the illness.

The "bottom line," according to Roberts?

"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... I am going to beat this."

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YOU HAVE LET YOU
LIGHTS SO SHINE BEFORE MANY,HAT THE MAY SEE YOUR GOOD WORKS,AND GLORIFY YOUR FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN.YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A GREAT INSPIRATION TO ME.I'LL BE PRAYING FOR YOU & YOUR FAMILY,STAY STRONG WHICH I KNOW YOU ARE AND PRAYED UP. I'VE BEEN FOLLOWING YOU SINCE YOUR DAYS IN COLLEGE WHEN YOU WERE PLAYING BASKETBALL.I LOVE YOU.AIN'T NO STOPPIN YOU NOW

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I wish you the best and know you will pull through it.I have survived cancer twiced and often wonder how I was chose to survive when other great people did not. You are in my prayers.

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i wish you the best god loves you i want to see that smile on your face and know you are alright love ya!:-)

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You are in my prayers, Robin. Wishing you a full and speedy recovery. God Bless.

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Robin, you are the reason I watch GMA every morning. You have such a sweet smile and a compassionate personality. I want to see you in the anchor chair for many years to come. Know that I am praying I will! You do have that inner strength that will see you through.
Love ya Girlfriend!

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Robin, you are the reason I watch GMA every morning. You have such a sweet smile and a compassionate

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Robin,
May the Lord speed up your healing. Stay strong and believe that all
things are possible through God who strengthens you! God Bless You!!
I will keep you in my prayers!!

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Robin, My prayers and good wishes go out to you. My 86 year old Dad was diagnost with MDS this past March and I understand your plight. I know that your age is on your side. I wait to hear that you did beat it and I know you will. My best wishes for speedy recovery, Tony

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You are in my prayers. Stay strong, The Lord will pull you through it! I am going thru chemo myself battling breast and lymph cancer.
Survived ovarian last year. I'm angry!!! Doing my best to stay positive! Good Luck and God Bless!