Robin Roberts diagnosed with MDS

By Sarah Burbank-Douglas,
'My doctors tell me I'm going to beat this -- and I know it's true.'

Good Morning America host Robin Roberts revealed some devastating news Monday.

The 51-year-old revealed to her ABC viewers she is suffering from Myelodysplastic Syndrome, (MDS), a rare blood disorder that affects the bone marrow, according to reports.

The blood disorder is sometimes referred to as “pre-leukemia,” the report goes on to say.

Dr. Jay Brooks, chairman of hematology/oncology at Ochsner Health System in Louisiana, explains, "Myelodysplasia is a condition in which the bone marrow doesn't function properly. A percentage of people with MDS can and will develop leukemia.”

Roberts informed her audience that she will be receiving bone marrow from her older sister later this year.

This is not Roberts’s first battle either. Five years ago, she bravely took on and beat breast cancer, CNN reports. In an online message, Roberts wrote, “I've always been a fighter, and with all of your prayers and support, a winner.” She informed that she found out the news that she had MDS the same day GMA beat out NBC’s Today show, CNN reports.

Of the news, Roberts said, “Talk about your highs and lows!” She adds, “Then a few weeks ago, during a rather unpleasant procedure to extract bone marrow for testing, I 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."

MDS can be brought on by chemotherapy or radiation treatments, which Roberts underwent five years ago with her battle with breast cancer.

The journalist urges her friends and family to know, “My doctors tell me I'm going to beat this -- and I know it's true."

She explains the difficulty it is for African-American women to receive a bone marrow donor, and states that she is lucky to have a sister who “is an excellent match,” which will greatly increase her chances of beating the disease.

According to reports, Roberts will miss a few days of work “here and there” and she has already begun treatment.

Robin discusses MDS in the video below:



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