Robin Roberts, the co-host on ABC’s “Good Morning America”, made quite an emotional announcement this Monday. ABC’s Robin Roberts announced she has been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a blood and bone marrow disease. She is in need of a bone marrow transplant, that her sister, Sally – Ann Roberts will help with.
Five years ago, ABC’s Robin Roberts was fighting breast cancer. The “Good Morning America” co-host got through that traumatizing experience only to be diagnosed with a rare blood and bone marrow disease called myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). During Monday’s “Good Morning America” Robin Roberts said she is determined to beat this hurdle too.
Roberts announced that she will begin treatment as soon as possible. Her sister, Sally – Ann Roberts already was confirmed to be a viable donor for a bone marrow transplant, set to take place this fall. “I’m just so very grateful that I did match her because there are many, many people right now who are dying for a match and have no one in their family who are eligible” said Sally – Ann Roberts, an anchor at New Orleans’ WWL-TV.
Doctors say that Robin Roberts developed MDS following her breast cancer treatment. The “Good Morning America” co-host had blood tests done after she was feeling fatigued more than normal. On the same day she learned she was going to interview President Barack Obama she went to the doctor’s office to have some of her bone marrow extracted.
Obviously, Robin Roberts is going to have a lot of days on “Good Morning America”. She figures it will only be some occasional days of absence, but in the end it all depends on how her body reacts to treatment. Her hope is that her ordeal is going to show how important it is for people to become donors.
Dr. Jeffrey Chell, Be The Match CEO, explained that some 10,000 persons in the U.S. are diagnosed with diseases that are life-threatening, and blood cancer is one that is on the rise. Chell explained that successful cancer treatments do sometimes produce too much bone marrow damage.
“This is a need for more donors. The type of matching we do is very complex and precise”, said Chell. “It’s so important that people join the registry [and] be committed to being on that registry” added Chell.