GMA’s Robin Roberts Starts Her Treatment for MDS Disease [VIDEO]
Robin Roberts is not only a daily fixture each morning on ABC's Good Morning America, but she is so beloved. She has been through so much with her family and her public fight with breast cancer. She is true and real. People can relate to Robin and they adore her! Well, Robin made her final appearance (for awhile) as she begins her extended medical leave to start her treatment for MDS. Initially Robin planned on Friday being her last appearance, but changed plans when she received news that her mother, Lucimarian Roberts, is very ill. Robin will now travel to Mississippi to be at her mother's side before beginning her own treatment, which will include a bone marrow transplant to be donated by her sister, Sally-Ann Roberts.
This morning on GMA, country singer Martina McBride performed her beautiful hit, "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" in honor of Robin, who is a breast cancer survivor and appeared in Martina's video for "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" last year.
Here's what Martina said about Robin this morning on GMA:
"She is an inspiration to me, my family and my fans. It's an honor."
Robin revealed her MDS diagnosis on Good Morning America this past June, and how she underwent a procedure to extract bone marrow on the day before she was to interview President Obama. That interview grabbed headlines when the president used it to announce his support of gay marriage.
Robin explains how stressful that day was:
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."
Myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS, (formerly known as preleukemia) is a rare blood disorder that affects you bone marrow. Sometimes the disease can come on because of chemo therapy, which is the case for Robin. The first step is try and find a bone marrow match. Robin is extremely blessed, because her sister is a perfect match and is willing to give Robin the bone marrow she needs.
We adore and respect Robin Roberts because she is just a great person. Robin is one of those TV personalities that is beyond just a personality. You Know? Robin is real.
My husband and I have been on the "Be a Match" Bone Marrow registry for 14 years and we would like to urge you to get more information on the registry. If you are interested, please click here. Thank you!
We wish Robin Roberts the best and will be praying for her and her family. May God bless and hold you tight Robin!
Watch this video with Robin's Q&A with her Doctor.