Robin Roberts announced Monday morning that she is battling MDS, or myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the blood and bone marrow.
In an emotional blog post, titled I’m Going to Beat This, the 51-year-old anchor said she will begin pre-treatment today — chemotherapy for a bone marrow transplant later this year. The transplant will be provided by her sister.
In the meantime, Roberts — who five years ago was successfully treated for breast cancer — remains optimistic about her diagnosis.
“My doctors tell me I’m going to beat this — and I know it’s true,” she said.
“Bottom line: I’ve been living with this diagnosis for awhile 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.”
For now, Roberts says it will be “business as usual” at Good Morning America.
“I’ll be right here every day,” she said. “When I miss a day here or there, I’m fortunate that some very talented friends at ABC News will fill-in. When I undergo the transplant later this year, I’ll miss a chunk of time.”
Roberts joined Good Morning America as a reporter, in 1995. She most recently scored an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama, during which Obama revealed he supported same-sex marriage.