Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts on Tuesday thanked everyone for the messages of support she received in the hours after she announced that she is battling MDS, or myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare disease of the blood and bone marrow.
“I slept like a baby last night for the first night since my diagnosis,” she said, at the top of Tuesday’s show.
“My family and I are overwhelmed and comforted by the response from everyone,” she added.
Since the announcement was revealed on Monday, Roberts, 51, has received well wishes from everyone from Katie Couric to First Lady Michelle Obama, who tweeted yesterday, “Barack and I have you in our prayers. We believe in you and thank you for bringing awareness and hope to others.”
Roberts added she also had a “lovely conversation” with Ann Romney, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998.
Robert’s diagnosis comes just five years after she successfully completed treatment for breast cancer. She joined Good Morning America in 1995.
MDS, known also as preleukemia, occurs when blood cells fail to reach a mature state, and remain in the bone marrow. The disease can lead to anemia, rapid bleeding or severe infection when the defective cells outnumber the healthy cells.