Robin Roberts Prepares For Bone Marrow Transplant

Posted Monday August 27, 2012 3:20 PM GMT

Kicking off her last week of work before taking a medical leave, Robin Roberts happily greeted fans outside the ABC studios in New York City on Monday (August 27).

The gorgeous "Good Morning America" news anchor posed for a quick picture showing off her bright pink sweatshirt that read "warrior," which she paired with skinny jeans and sneakers.

Focusing on her health, the 51-year-old announced on the program she will be taking a medical leave from beginning on Friday (August 31) in order to undergo a bone marrow transplant.

Miss Roberts explained, “When you have a bone-marrow transplant, you don’t have an immune system for a while and you’re very susceptible to infection.”

Back in June, Robin told viewers she had been diagnosed with Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a rare blood and bone marrow disorder after beating out breast cancer five years ago.

The anchor revealed that she will check into the hospital next Tuesday (September 4) ahead of receiving the transplant from her sister Sally and explained, "It still takes about ten days after being admitted because there's some things that you have to go through before the transplant actually occurs."

It seems Robin will be resting for some time following the procedure. She responded to a Twitter fan who said they will miss her for the next few weeks writing, "Thank you, unfortunately will be longer than that."

Check out the video of Miss Roberts making the announcement and talking to her co-hosts about the diagnosis on "GMA."

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