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Robin Roberts

I Was Diagnosed with MDS

... but I'm Gonna Beat It!

6/11/2012 4:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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061112_robin_roberts_gma_launch"Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts has announced she was just diagnosed with a serious blood and bone marrow disease ... but says she's determined to beat it.

51-year-old Roberts just released a statement saying, "Today, I want to let you know that I’ve been diagnosed with MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome.  It's a disease of the blood and bone marrow and was once known as preleukemia."

She explains, "As many of you know, 5 years ago I beat breast cancer.  I’ve always been a fighter, and with all of your prayers and support, a winner. Sometimes the treatment for cancer can cause other serious medical problems."

"My doctors tell me I'm going to beat this -- and I know it's true."

Roberts says she will begin pre-treatment starting today -- chemotherapy in advance of a bone marrow transplant later this year.

Roberts adds, "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."

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wendy    

Just wanted to tell you my mom was also diagnosed 15 years ago with myd and she had a bmt donated fron her younger brother . she went through alot but she just went to two of her grandchildrens graduations. so do not give up hope . we wish you the best .

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neil chaikin    

All our prayers are with you, we know you will beat this as you did with breast cancer.

You are one very special lady.

778 days ago
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Maureen    

I myself have had a double lung transplant and have survived 10 years so far. My daughter in England, became a bone marrow donor, succesfully, to a young man from Boston and recently recieved a thank you card from him. Us feisty people can beat the odds Robin!

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