Roberts Fights Back!

Robin Roberts is a real trooper. As one of the faces of ABC's Good Morning America, we've seen her triumph in the face of tragedy. She's a cancer survivor who has used her struggle to bring awareness to the disease. Now, Roberts will carry the same dignity as she faces a new health battle.

Television personality and Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts has been hit with another health scare. After winning her public battle with breast cancer five years ago, she is now facing a new threat.

On Monday morning, Roberts announced on GMA that she has been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a blood disorder, previously known as preleukemia, that affects the bone marrow.

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Roberts sent out an email to GMA staffers stating that she received her diagnosis in April on “the very day that Good Morning America finally beat the Today Show for the first time in 16 years.”

She also revealed that her previous treatment for breast cancer is the likely cause of her MDS. Thankfully, Roberts will receive a bone marrow transplant. Her sister is set to be her donor.

On the official ABC News website is Roberts' full email that she wrote to her peers. Here are a few key segments:

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.

Going forward, it’s business as usual at GMA, which means I’ll be right here every day with George, Sam, Josh and Lara. 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.

When I faced breast cancer, your prayers and good wishes sustained me, gave me such hope and played a major role in my recovery. In facing this new challenge, I ask humbly for more of your prayers and love -- as I will keep you in my mine and update you regularly on my condition.

Good luck and well wishes to Roberts and her family!

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Comments on "GMA's Robin Roberts hit with another health scare"

Kathy Tonkery June 12, 2012 | 9:06 PM

Robin, You are a trooper! I have been watching you on good morning America for 25 years. You are one of my favorite people that I have got news from. My prayers are with you. You are a fighter ! I wish the best outcome for you and your sister in the future .

Sue June 11, 2012 | 9:34 PM

I certainly want to wish Robin a speedy recovery. I was so sad to hear the news. I feel like she is a friend. Her wonderful personality and smile just make me happy and wish she was, indeed, my friend! She has taught me so much about acceptance of myself. On top of all she is so pretty. God bless you, Robin. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sue

Sandy June 11, 2012 | 9:23 PM

Robin Roberts has always been one of my favorite people to get news and information from. I have been a GMA fan for many years. I was so glad when she recovered from the breast cancer. I will say extra prayers for her and her sister and the health care providers caring for her. Hang in there Robin!!

UCT June 11, 2012 | 2:19 PM

Robin, You are a shining example of class and dignity. My prayers are with you and your sister as your donor.

Julie June 11, 2012 | 10:11 AM

What a trooper! It's moments like this that make you stop and think how trivial life's little irritations are. Robin's a fighter. I wish the best outcome for her and her future.

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