Robin Roberts Got Myelodysplastic Syndrome 5 Years After Breast Cancer. But She Overcame It And Works To Help Others

Lifestyle & Health

July 11, 2019 13:08 By Fabiosa

Robin Roberts is one of America’s favorite morning show hosts. During her time at ABC’s Good Morning America, the show has won numerous awards and accolades. In addition to that, Roberts is one of the most trusted TV personalities, according to a 2013 Reader’s Digest poll. Many of us know her as a great professional, but let’s have a look at something more personal: Robert’s resilience and courage in the face of adversity.

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Almost a decade ago, in 2007, Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was successfully treated and cured of the disease, but that was not the end of her ordeal.

In 2012, Robin was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). In MDS, the bone marrow can’t produce fully matured and functioning blood cells. Robin developed the condition as a result of her previous cancer treatment.

In 2015, Robin opened up about her experience in an interview with Brandon Stanton, the man behind popular photoblog Humans of New York.

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Without a bone marrow transplant, Roberts was expected to live another year or so. Fortunately, her sister, Sally-Ann, was a perfect match.

Roberts was waiting for the surgery, when she took another hard hit: her mother passed away.

Just imagine having to go through all of this… But Robin pulled through. The operation was a success, and she’s doing well now.

This incredible woman emerged even stronger from the trying times. After learning she had MDS, Roberts did some research on the issue and became involved with Be the Match, an organization dedicated to finding matching donors for people in need of bone marrow transplants.

Robin said about her miraculous recovery and survival on The Ellen Show:

I’m not supposed to be here, but I am.

It’s great to have her with us. Keep up the good work, Robin!

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