Robin Roberts Takes GMA Leave of Absence for Health

On Wednesday, Robin Roberts, co-host of ABC’s Good Morning America, announced a medical leave of absence for her upcoming life-saving treatments. She quickly left for Mississippi, needing to be with her very ill Mother, Lucimarian Roberts. And sadly, on Thursday, her Mother passed away.

In June, 2012, Robin was diagnosed with a rare blood disease known as MDS (myelodysplastic syndromes), formerly known as pre-leukemia. MDS damages critical, normal bone marrow functions. Bone marrow is the spongy matter, inside all bones, where every blood cell is made.

Robin sent this internet message to her loyal fans: “Dear ones, this is my final morn GMA for a while.I found some more information here. Heading home after the show to be w/ my ailing mom in MS. You’ll be in my heart & soul.”

What a series of difficult events Robin has faced, and will continue to face, as she searches for real life anchors to save her own life, now. While this week Robin will be saying her final “good-bye” to her beloved Mother, next week she will begin final preparations for her bone marrow transplant. Robin’s sister, Sally-Ann, will be her bone marrow donor. Prior to Robin’s MDS diagnosis, she also fought breast cancer in 2007.

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