Friends & Fans Turn To Twitter To Show Robin Roberts Support [VIDEO]
On Monday morning fans of “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts awoke to a surprising tweet on their feed.
My dear tweeps-will share something important w/ you this AM on @GMA, something I have been dealing w/ for the last couple months. Blessings
— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) June 11, 2012
Followers speculated about Roberts’ announcement, expressing concern that after seven years, the beloved host might be leaving GMA. However, this was not the case.
Rather, during the broadcast an emotional Roberts announced a startling diagnosis. Five years after beating breast cancer, she is facing yet another battle, this time with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a rare blood disorder that affects the bone marrow.
“Now sometimes, treatment for cancer can lead to other serious medical issues, and that’s what I’m facing right now,” Roberts told viewers, surrounded by several of her co-workers, family and friends.
Notably present was former “Good Morning America” co-anchor Diane Sawyer, and Roberts’ older sister, Sally-Ann. Roberts will require a bone marrow transplant in order to combat the disease and remarkably, Sally-Ann is a near-perfect match.
“Doctors tell me that is going to be a tremendous help in me beating this, and to use your phrase George, ‘bottom line,’ I am going to beat this…,” Roberts said, referencing her current co-host George Stephanopoulos, as he sat by her side.
Stephanopoulos shared with viewers that Roberts originally learned of her diagnosis before a major interview with President Barack Obama earlier this spring. Through it all, Roberts never wavered.
She chose only to announce her diagnosis on Monday because later that day she began pre-treatment in preparation of the transplant, and she wanted her viewers to understand what was going on. “Because we’ve often said how our viewers, you are our family, and we want you to hear things from us,” she said.
Already Roberts has received an outpour of support, especially on Twitter. First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted:
.@RobinRoberts, Barack and I have you in our prayers. We believe in you and thank you for bringing awareness and hope to others. –mo
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) June 11, 2012
@Robinroberts sending you nothing but love &strength. You are the epitome of grace & as you told us all this a.m. YOU WILL BEAT THIS.
— Gayle King (@GayleKing) June 11, 2012
In an open letter on the GMA website, Roberts addressed everyone’s concerns saying, “Bottom line: I’ve been living with this diagnosis for awhile and will continue to anchor GMA. I love what I do and the people with whom I do it. Along with my faith, family and friends, all of you at ABC News give me the motivation and energy to face this challenge.”
You can view the video of Roberts’ announcement below.