Robin Roberts feels the love on 'new birthday'
September 20th, 2012
09:58 AM ET

Robin Roberts feels the love on 'new birthday'

"Good Morning America" host Robin Roberts is scheduled to have a bone marrow transplant this morning, and she'll enter the procedure enveloped by the support of fans, friends and co-workers.

Roberts, who revealed that she has a rare blood disorder called myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) in June, has been in the hospital for 11 days, ABC News reported Thursday, and has been receiving chemotherapy treatment for eight.

On Tuesday, Roberts posted that the daily treatment in preparation for her transplant had begun to take its toll on her physically.

"My body is so weak, but not my mind," Roberts told her viewers. "YOU give me the courage to keep going."

And on the morning of her "new birthday," as some patients who receive transplants call that life-altering day, "GMA" aired a video message from Roberts in which she thanked those who've supported her throughout her health battle.

"This journey is as much about the mind as it is the body," Roberts said. "Your thoughts are so powerful. 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."


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  3. deep singh

    get well soon fr...

    October 5, 2012 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. CB

    Hi Robin, You are in my prayers! I miss seeing your smiling face in the mornings when i wake up! Get well soon.

    September 26, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sheila c

    Robin my prayers are with you on your journey to a new beginning, I'm a firm believer that everything in life happens for a reason, good,bad or indifferent. Your strength and courage encourage me. Thank you for sharing your life. I know you will be okay and nothing but greatness and joy are waiting for you. Keep the faith, stay strong, and remember this to share pass. Miss you Much on GMA. love and peace be onto you..:)

    September 26, 2012 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kenya Parrish-Dixon

    Robin,
    I miss you on GMA. I watched Today for twenty years and you stole me away with your kindness, warmth, grace and beauty. Get well soon. Feel better and know that you are in our prayers.
    Love ya!

    September 25, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Carol

    Robin – I am praying for you. You are such a wonderful lady and I know God is with you. I miss you on GMA, but as I look and read the posts from people that love you, it is like God giving you hug after hug.

    September 24, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hele

    Robin, my prayers are with you. May God give you the power and strength to go through. I love you and get well soon. You are such a strong sister.

    September 24, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joni McCarter

    My thoughts and prayers are with you as you face this journery. May God's peace and love be always with you.

    September 23, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. pizza and....

    "movie"?

    September 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Eyan

    Get well soon girlie!.......bless-up..

    September 23, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rebecca McCage

    Robin, my thoughts and prayers are with you. You are an outstanding example of grace and courage. I wake up to
    GMA with my cup of coffee each weekday morning. I retired a couple of years ago and I worked at Keesler AFB, MS. I live in Biloxi, MS. I know you will do more great things!!!

    September 23, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pierrette

    Robin!

    I pray for you every nights that you get well and back on GMA again soon!!!!! you are really missed........

    Pierrette

    September 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. hotmail Adele

    Happy Birthday - your an example to young women and how they should act.

    September 23, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. D.A.

    Robin you are a beautiful person inside and out! I pray God's healing for your body quickly!! We will give Him ALL the GLORY and PRAISE when He restores your health!! By Jesus' stripes, you are healed!! Surround yourself with nothing but positivity and people who speak Life into you! You are such an inspiration to so may people, and a vessel of hope that God will use to show others his Healing Power! (P.S. I am from MS too. Love you much!)

    September 22, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Mr. Kelly

    Robin, my father died of that same disease eight short years ago. At that time, only blood transfusions (starting at 1 a month to 3 a week at his death) was the only "treatment" offered.
    I am so glad to hear there is new hope for those who suffer from myelodysplastic syndrome.
    Thank you for bringing this to the American awareness.

    September 22, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  17. T-Rex

    Praise God and Hope You Have Immediate Assistance in getting well

    September 22, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  18. SKY

    ROBIN I DO NOT KNOW YOU...I NEVER MET YOU....I SEE YOU ON TV.....SAME WITH MANY
    OF YOUR FANS. YOU SAID SOMETHING ...YOU SAID....I FEEL THE LOVE.....
    THAT WAS VERY ENCOURAGING.....MANY WONDER WHERE IS GOD?
    CAN HE SEE OR HEAR OUR PRAYERS....THERE ARE MANY GODS....YOU WANT
    TO TAP IN AND GET THE ATTENTION OF THE GOD OF THE HOLY BIBLE.....
    THE GOD OF MOSES, ABRAHAM...NOAH THE GOD OF ACTION ,YET HE IS HOLY...AND
    ....HE CAN GIVE YOU STRENGTH TO
    ENDURE ANYTHING...(PHILIPPIANS 4:13) PRAY TO THE GOD OF NOAH...HE WILL
    REVEAL HIMSELF TO ALL PERSON WHO SEARCH FOR TRUTH AND HIM....

    September 21, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  20. colson

    Robin love, strength, and prayers are with u always. God Bless. Keep the faith

    September 21, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  22. sassysticks53

    Robin, I'm rooting for you all the way. You're going to win this! Get well and we'll be seeing you when you return. I wish you could read all the beautiful posts. You are well-loved, Robin.

    September 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  23. pat lockhart

    Think of you often and Praying you are through this soon..You are a very strong force and God knows this..Many Angels are wrapped around you..Be Well soon..The guys at GMA are doing a good job but I miss you..:)..Prayers to you everyday!!

    September 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Mary

    Robin our prayers are with you and remember that God is a healer! Happy Birthday!

    September 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Robin

    love to you and the family==happy birthday and get back here already!!

    September 21, 2012 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
  26. SKY

    FACT; GENESIS 40:20 -PHARAOH'S BIRTHDAY MADE BIG FEAST AND TOOK OF SOMEONE HEAD!
    MATTHEW 14:6-HEROD'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATED AND HIS GIRLFRIEND ASKED HIM TO GIVE HER
    THE HEAD OF "JOHN THE BAPTIST". THESE ARE THE ONLY TWO BIRTHDAYS I CAN FIND CELEBRATED
    THE THE HOLY BIBLE AND THE PEOPLE WHO CELEBRATED THEM WERE NON CHRISTIANS (PAGANS).

    THE MINISTERS HAVE TRAINED PEOPLE TO MIX IN TRUTH WITH LIES....WE MUST THINK, READ,
    ROBIN, SOON THERE WILL BE NO MORE SICKNESS ...WE ALL GET SICK..OUR BODIES NOT
    PERFECTS...BUT ONE DAY I READ "NO ONE WILL SAY I AM SICK' (ISA.33:24)

    September 21, 2012 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  27. Judy

    Had a BMT on 7/11/1997 for Non-Hodgkins, I have always referred to that day as my rebirth day. May you recover quickly, and return to GMA. Everyone misses you.

    September 20, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Roe Hodder

    Sometimes I look around and say,"Where is God?" and then I see you, and what you are going through. I feel hope and am able to say yes, 'HE' is here. Peace be with you. Can't wait to see you soon on GMA. Peace and well being to you, and blessed be to your sister.

    September 20, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  29. sonya jones

    I went thru a bone marrOw transplant in 2011 so i know what you are going thru! I love you and God will bless you with the strength you'll need to make it thru our ordeal! (Ours-you are not alone). I'm Praying for you.

    September 20, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 20, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Reign

    (((((hugs)))))....NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO...peace and well being to you! Your physical body is weak right now, but your mind, your brain is STRONG, so fight fight fight. Our bodies are Magnificent Healing machines, your brain is sending the message of healing and your supporters are out here lifting you up. You got this! Thanks for sharing your journey, we look forward to hearing from you in recovery.

    September 20, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Dor

    Be Blessed.

    September 20, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Shirley

    Robin. God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Be Blessed.

    September 20, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  34. H.B. Girl!

    From one Mississippi woman to another. feel the love and we will see you again soon. God Bless you.

    September 20, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Go Robin

    From one tough Mississippi gal to another. Hang in, feel the love and we will see you again soon. God Bless

    September 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  36. I's

    we wish you a happy birthday and wish you a speedy recovery .. hurry back!! LOL.!!

    September 20, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Doris Offer

    Robin may the good Lord cover you with the blood of Jesus. Amen.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Example

    she is an example of strength, beauty, even in illness she is polished and beautiful in this picture.

    women should learn a lesson from Robin and not be a pig all your life

    September 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Rosa

    God is there with you in your darkest hour,he will make the darkest turn to light.So keep your faith in him.Have a blessed birthday.Looking foward to seeing you on GMA soon.PRAYERS and LOVE is being sented to you every day.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Dougo

    I don't know anybody that doesn't love Robin Roberts...looking so forward to her return to the show!!

    September 20, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  41. LW

    A beautiful amazing woman. I wish her so much luck.

    September 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Leora

    I watch GMA and you are missed. This is the very first time I am sending anyone an email such as this.
    Wishes for a wonderful new birthday. May your years be filled with happiness, strength and most of all good health.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    September 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Aurora

    Robin, in my thoughts and prayers this morning. Thank you for being courageous!

    September 20, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Jose

    your covered Robin–Happy Birthday

    September 20, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Michele

    May the arms of Jesus pick you up and carry you through this transplant to a new and healthy place.
    Turn it all over to him......he's got you covered Robin. You are SO brave and SO special. Stay strong, you CAN
    do this!!! God Bless YOU!

    September 20, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Bill?

    who's was the doctor?

    September 20, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Bill

    I do not watch television in the morning as I am at work. I cannot say that I have had the pleasure of seeing you very often. I can say that you will do just fine and come back stronger then ever. My wife had a transplant 20 months ago and is doing just great. My prayers are with you as I have learned (but always knew) they mean so much. Modern medicine is great and so are you. God bless, you have more admirers and people who love you than you will ever know.

    September 20, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  48. Linda De La Cruz

    Robin you are the reason every morning I would watch GMA before going to work. I enjoyed your spunk,laughter and high spirits. Today is the start of a new Robin Roberts......you will be born again! My thoughts & Prayers will be with you and your family. Get well soon because I can't wait to see you again on GMA!!! God Bless You. " NEW BIRTHDAY"

    September 20, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  49. Mike

    we pray to GOD also

    September 20, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  50. Levon Peace

    We pray GOD and good karma is with her this morning.

    September 20, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  51. FlatTire

    have a wonder birthday and best of luck–

    September 20, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  52. five finger death punch

    Good luck and Happy Birthday.

    September 20, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  53. Robin

    get well soon.

    September 20, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  54. Lynn Budzilek

    My thoughts & Prayers are with you on ' YOUR BIRTHDAY" and everyday. I have watched you come onto the GMA family and followed you along your road only to Go the Extra Mile in your stride to overcome with Pray, Power Love and Belief in God and The Love of the People Who Are There For You Always. God is keeping Ever Present For You and So Am I. I Truly Love You Like A Little Sister. God Bless You

    September 20, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  55. rebekah schaumleffel

    Robin our thoughts and prayers will be with you today. I don't know who said it but thought it might help you. When you think the road has gotten to difficult to continue, just turn around and see how far you have come. Get well soon we miss seeing you on GMA.

    September 20, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |

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