The Good Morning America co-host spoke to viewers on Monday about the disorder that is a direct complication from her breast cancer treatment. Roberts will undergo a bone marrow transplant from her sister, who doctors say is a “perfect match.”
“Sometimes treatment for cancer can lead to other serious medical issues and that’s what I’m facing right now,” she explained. “The reason I’m sharing this with everybody right now is because later today I begin what’s known as pre-treatment.”
Roberts elaborated on her disease in a blog post:
“I received my MDS diagnosis on the very day that Good Morning America finally beat the Today Show for the first time in 16 years. Talk about your highs and lows! 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.
Bottom line: I’ve been living with this diagnosis for a while 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.”
An emotional Roberts reported that she will be “out for a chunk of time” while receiving treatment, but is confident that she will pull through.
“I’m going to beat this. My doctors say it and my faith says it to me,” she said.