‘Good Morning America’ anchor Robin Roberts diagnosed with rare blood disorder

“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts announced Monday that she is battling a rare blood disorder, just five years after beating breast cancer. Through tears, she promised viewers, “I am going to beat this.”

Roberts, 51, said it was her treatment for breast cancer that led to other “serious medical issues.” She said she is battling “MDS – myelodysplastic syndrome. It is a rare blood disorder that affects the bone marrow.”

She said she chose to make the announcement Monday because she is beginning pre-treatment later today.

“I didn’t want you to be concerned if you see a bandage tomorrow,” she added, before revealing that she will be given “drugs … for a period of time … to prepare me for a bone marrow transplant.”

Roberts said that while bone marrow matches are difficult to find, particularly for African American women, her sister was a perfect match.

“Bottom line: I am going to beat this. My doctors say it and my faith says it to me.”

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