Good Morning America host Robin Roberts announced Monday morning that she has officially been diagnosed with MDS or myelodsyplastic syndrome, but that she will continue to anchor the show as she begins chemotherapy.
“Today, I want to let you know that I’ve been diagnosed with MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome. It’s a disease of the blood and bone marrow and was once known as preleukemia,” Roberts said in a statement.
In an open letter to her viewers, Roberts is confident in her ability to overcome yet another health obstacle.
“As many of you know, 5 years ago I beat breast cancer. I’ve always been a fighter, and with all of your prayers and support, a winner.”
“If you Google MDS, you may find some scary stuff, including statistics that my doctors insist don’t apply to me. They say I’m younger and fitter than most people who confront this disease and will be cured.”
Adding, “my doctors tell me I’m going to beat this — and I know it’s true.”
Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and subsequently beat the sickness after a successful operation. Once the cancer was beaten, Roberts officially went into remission. However, Roberts doctors inform her that this new issue is related to her past battles with the disease.
“Sometimes the treatment for cancer can cause other serious medical problems,” she wrote.
Roberts will immediately begin her chemotherapy which will be followed by a bone-marrow transplant later this year when she expects to miss “a chunk of time.”
Regarding her position and status with GMA, Roberts says:
“Bottom line: I’ve been living with this diagnosis for a while and will continue to anchor GMA.”
You can read Robin Roberts full open letter to her viewers here.