Robin Roberts, co-anchor of the ABC show "Good Morning America," is set on Thursday to undergo her scheduled bone marrow transplant to treat myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a rare blood and bone marrow disorder.
The 51-year-old went on medical leave in late August a day earlier than scheduled, citing on her final "GMA" show a last-minute plan to visit her ailing mother, who died hours later. Roberts, a breast cancer survivor, recently completed a fresh, 8-day-long and more intensive round of chemotherapy to prepare her body for the transplant. "Good Morning America" aired a taped message from Roberts from her hospital bed, hours before the procedure.
"This journey is as much about the mind as it is the body," she said. "The thoughts. The thoughts are so powerful. You've got to change the way you think, in order to change the way you feel. I feel the love and I thank you for it. Thank you."
Roberts revealed her ailment in June, saying it was caused in part by treatments she had undergone for breast cancer five years ago. Her bone marrow donor is her sister, Sally-Ann. She is also a broadcast journalist - she works as a anchor for New Orleans TV station WWL-TV.
Roberts has been receiving messages of supports from scores of fans, including pop star and past "GMA" guest Lady Gaga, who Tweeted on Tuesday: "@RobinRoberts thinking of you. missed you at fragrance launch. get well soon so we can sip wine out of teacups again live on tv."
"Your timing's perfect, in final chemo now," Roberts replied to the singer.