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Robin Roberts’ Recovery: What Black Women Need to Know About Breast Cancer

Fri., Oct. 5, 2012 3:06 PM EDT
by Yvette Caslin

It’s been nearly a month since our favorite “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts had a bone marrow transplant. She’s doing “great!” She says in a blog, “I continue to learn so much on this journey, especially when it comes to true friendship and love. The only numbers that matter are my blood counts and they are. . . GREAT!”

Roberts, who’s suffering from myelodysplastic syndrome, a disorder spurred by her treatment for breast cancer last year, received her sister’s donated marrow via a transplant on Sept. 20 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center, located in New York.

“My doctors and rock star nurses are very pleased with my progress and I could not be more thankful for the excellent care I am receiving. I have had some extremely painful days and it’s still difficult for me to eat because of all the chemo,” she wrote.

If the transplant fails, her condition could worsen to leukemia. Let’s keep Roberts and other sister survivors in our prayers.

October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Although African American women are less likely than white women to be diagnosed with breast cancer, the ones who develop the disease are more likely to die from it than any other racial or ethnic group in the U.S.

Information is power, click continue to get the facts on what you need to know about breast cancer.

 

(Photo Courtesy ABC: Sam Champion, Robin Roberts, and Josh Elliott in Robin’s hospital room.)

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