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Video: 'Good Morning America' Co-Host Robin Roberts has MDS

| by Michael Allen

'Good Morning America' co-host Robin Roberts announced this morning that she has been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), also known as preleukemia (video below).

Roberts told her audience that she will begin a pre-treatment of chemotherapy. She will receive a bone marrow transplant later this summer or fall from her sister.

Roberts said that she will continue to anchor 'Good Morning America' while she is receiving treatment. She first found that she had the disease in April.  She had a bone marrow extraction procedure the day before she was to interview President Obama.

Later, she wrote on her ABC blog: "The combination of landing the biggest interview of my career and having a drill in my back reminds me that God only gives us what we can handle and that it helps to have a good sense of humor when we run smack into the absurdity of life."

On the air, Roberts encouraged people to become bone marrow donors: "Bone marrow donors are scarce and particularly for African-American women. I am very fortunate to have a sister who is an excellent match, and this greatly improves my chances for a cure."

According to the National Cancer Institute, MDS occurs when the bone marrow does not produce healthy blood cells. The patient's age and past treatment with chemotherapy can increase the chances of getting MDS.

She previously had breast cancer, five years ago.