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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I LOVE ROBIN AND THINK SHE A REALLY STRONG WOMAN. MY BEST TO HER
GOD LOVES YOU

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Robin, I'm praying for "Total Healing" in your body.

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Robin, I hope and pray that God brings you through this successfully too.

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Robin, STAY STRONG SWEETHEART!!!!! Peace.

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You are an amazing woman Robin..Your faith, family, friends & fans will see you through. Josh put it perfectly by saying "it is not just your fight,it's our fight. God saw you through the cancer-he'll see you through this too! Bless you!

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Robin, you are certainly in my prayers. You are a real delight on
GMA and I feel like you are family, along with the entire cast, all
of you are delightful. Keep smiling, and believing in God, and He
will see you through this too.
In His Love

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Robin
You are in my prayers. What God has done once, He'll do again. Your faith in the Lord will pull you through....in Jesus Name.

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