"I’m Not Supposed To Be Here, But I Am": Robin Roberts Developed A Rare Blood Disorder 5 Years After Breast Cancer And Overcame It

Date August 24, 2019

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 people really loved it. Moreover, Roberts is one of the most trusted TV personalities, according to a 2013 Reader’s Digest poll. Many people admire her as a great professional, but let’s have a look at something more personal: Robin’s courage.

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Robin Roberts had breast cancer

More than a decade ago, in 2007, the popular host was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was successfully treated, but that was not the end of her ordeal.

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

In 2015, she opened up about her difficult journey in an interview with Brandon Stanton, the person behind the popular photoblog Humans of New York.

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Robin needed a bone marrow transplant, as without this procedure she was expected to live another year or so. Fortunately, her sister was a perfect match.

When Roberts was waiting for the surgery she took another hard hit as her mother died.

It is hard to imagine how Robin managed to go through all of this. Luckily, the popular host pulled through. The procedure was a success, and she’s doing well now.

Robin Roberts helps others

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

Robin is not afraid to share her story. She even spoke about her recovery and survival on The Ellen Show. The news anchor said:

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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