In 2001, Robin Roberts A life-changing surgery was performed which gave him a second chance.
Roberts, a survivor of breast cancer, had previously been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood disorder. The Good morning America Anchor was told he needed a bone marrow transplant surgery to survive.
His sister Sally-Ann, Soon became his donor.
In an interview with Rachel Roy Broadcast Wednesday (September 22), Roberts revealed how he felt when he found out that his sister had a match and became emotional when she was reflected in that moment.
“My doctor told me I would have to stay a year or two to survive if I didn’t have a successful transplant,” he tells Ray. “My other siblings did not get along. My doctors told me earlier that there was no one with me on the list. It came to my sister Sally-Ann.
He added, “When they came back – and they had to test again and again to get to a certain level – and they said, ‘Yeah, that’s a match.’ And I can’t tell you, you’re just out of breath, and you’re like, ‘I’ve got a chance.’
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He continued, “I remember calling my sister because then I had to tell her, ‘You’re a match. Do you want to go through this?’
“And my sister said,‘ I don’t just want to do this, I think I was born to be born [your donor], ‘. “
Roberts also shared a post on Instagram that contained nine fingers nine years after his bone marrow transplant.
“Sweet amber and a quiet dinner at the home of il lil_man_Lucas to mark the anniversary of my bone marrow transplant. Everyone got something or other and I hope to be a reminder that it will pass too. Light # lightlovepowerpresence. ”