"Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts announced today that she has been diagnosed with a bone marrow disease. This will be the second health scare the anchor has faced after beating breast cancer several years ago.
Robin is suffering from MDS, also known as myelodysplastic syndrome, which is a disease of the blood and bone marrow. Robin will be receiving a bone marrow transplant from her sister.
Despite the bad news, Robin remains optimistic.
“My doctors tell me I’m going to beat this—and I know it’s true,” Robin said. “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.”
Those statistics Robin referred to say that approximately 12,000 people are diagnosed with MDS each year, according to the American Cancer Society.
Death from MDS is often caused by bleeding and infection from low blood cell counts and if the MDS progresses to AML. About 33 percent of patients with MDS will develop AML.