Robin Roberts, the beloved Good Morning America anchor, has been ordered to rest and gain some weight before undergoing a bone marrow transplant next week.
Ever since the 51-year-old GMA anchor was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS, earlier this year she has proved to be nothing less than a true Super Woman.
Roberts has been fighting her way through this disease, which attacks blood cells and bones, and is rarely seen without a smile on her face throughout the entire ordeal.
The fearless news anchor was scheduled to undergo the bone marrow transplant last week after she discovered her sister would be a perfect match, but the procedure was postponed when her mother Lucimarian Roberts passed away on August 30 at the age of 88.
“I find great comfort in knowing my mother lived an amazing life,” Roberts posted on her blog on September 4. “She waited for me to get home on Thursday to say goodbye. She was there when I took my first breath and what a privilege to hold her sweet hand when she took her last breath.”
Even as she deals with her mother’s loss in addition to her serious illness, Robers has still managed to remain light hearted and joyful.
“Doctor’s orders to put on a lil weight… that’s a first,” the 51-year-old tweeted jokingly on Thursday. “Transplant now scheduled for next week. Onward.”
Roberts and her sister, Sally-Ann, will be undergoing the transplant procedure at New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
“When I return to NYC and walk through those hospital doors next week momma will be right there with me,” Roberts continued on the blog. “Momma always found a way to be with me every step of the way on my journey.”