Robin Roberts from the hit TV show, “Good Morning America” is about to take the medical leave that everyone has been wondering about. The host is going to be getting a bone marrow transplant next week, and it might be what she needs to save her life. Her donor is her sister, Sally-Anne.
“I’ll begin the [transplant] process. It takes about 10 days after being admitted because there are some things you have to go through before the [bone marrow] transplant actually occurs,” Roberts told the Hollywood Reporter.
Roberts left the show for a short period of time this summer after suffering from fatigue. She returned on August 20, but only for a brief time. This is a tough time for her to be leaving the show, since Good Morning America just passed The Today Show as the #1 morning show in America. Robin was an important part of that transition.
Robin is already a survivor of breast cancer. This year, she was diagnosed with myelodisplastic syndrome, a disease of the blood and bone marrow. Robin was the Salutatorian of her high school class in 1979 and also a star in both basketball and tennis. She gives her parents credit for instilling “the three Ds” in her: Discipline, Determination, and “De Lord.”
“My doctors tell me I’m going to beat this — and I know it’s true,” said Roberts. “When I faced breast cancer, your prayers and good wishes sustained me, gave me such hope and played a major role in my recovery. In facing this new challenge, I ask humbly for more prayers and love — and I will keep you in mine and update you regularly on my condition.”