ABC’s Good Morning America host Robin Roberts announced this morning that she has been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood and bone marrow disease that was once known as pre-leukemia.
Robbins, who overcame breast cancer five years ago, said she was diagnosed in April on the same day that GMA defeated the Today Show for the first time in 16 years.
“Talk about your high’s and low’s,” she said on Yahoo! in a blog post.
Roberts said that side effects from her breast cancer treatment caused the MDS to develop, but that doctors have told her she has a greater chance at overcoming the disease than most people. Robbins will start undergoing pre-treatment today and says she is fortunate that her sister is a bone marrow match.
“My doctor’s say I’m going to beat this – and I know it’s true,” she said. “They say I’m younger and fitter than most people who confront this disease and will be cured. I’ve been living with this diagnosis for a while and will continue to anchor GMA.”
ABC News said it will stick by Robin during her difficult time and support her in her fight.
“We love Robin, the heart and soul of ABC,” ABC News President Ben Sherwood in a statement. “We’ll stand arm in arm with her as she fights this new battle. She will lead the program for many years to come.”