Good Morning America host, Robin Roberts, is set to undergo her bone marrow transplant today. The transplant is the next step in treating her condition—myelodysplatic syndrome, a rare blood disorder. The donor is her sister, Sally-Ann.
Before the surgery, Roberts composed a heartfelt video message for her fans shown on Good Morning America. In the video, she said “This journey is as much about the mind as it is the body. Your thoughts are so powerful. You’ve got to change the way you think in order to change the way you feel.”
She then went on to tearfully thank her fans for all of their support saying “And let me just say this lastly, I feel the love and I thank you for it. Thank you.”
Robin Roberts has been in the hospital for 11 days, where she has undergone intense rounds of chemotherapy.
Good Morning America featured an in-studio interview with one of Roberts’ doctors, Dr. Gail Roboz. Roboz spoke about the treatment Roberts has gone through saying “This type of therapy over the last week has been much more intensive. This [is] really trying to empty out the bone marrow cells and get rid of the immune system cells so that the new ones from Sally-Ann can come on in.”
Although Roberts is a strong and positive person, recovery from the bone marrow transplant will take time. As Roboz puts it, “This is the beginning of the rebuilding phase.” She also spoke on Robert’s condition saying “I think we can see, Robin looks great, she’s a powerhouse, but she feels crummy. It’s powerful to hear her say that reading a few emails or sitting up in bed is a lot of work.”
On top of undergoing this transplant, Roberts is also dealing with the loss of her mother, Lucimarian Roberts, who passed away on August 30.
Fans continue to tweet their support to Robin Roberts as she goes through this difficult time using the hashtag #TeamRobin.