“Good Morning America” Anchor Robin Roberts thanked her GMA fans for their outpouring of love and get-well wishes. “Your thoughts. Thoughts are so powerful,” said an emotional Roberts in a video blog that aired on GMA Thursday. “You’ve got to change the way you think in order to change the way you feel. And let me just say this lastly, I feel the love and I thank you for it. Thank you,” she said.
Roberts, 51, has been in a New York hospital for 11 days. She has completed 8 days of chemotherapy (IV) infusions in preparation for a bone marrow transplant to treat myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), a rare blood disorder similar to blood cancer (leukemia).
Roberts is undergoing the chemotherapy treatments to destroy her immune system so her body won’t fight the new bone marrow transplant. Medical staff entering Roberts’ hospital room must wear protective gear including a mask and gloves to protect her from ordinary everyday germs that could kill her.
Many transplant recipients refer to the day of their transplant as their new birthday.