More on Robin Roberts' Rare Blood and Bone Marrow Disease
INSIDE EDITION is learning more about M.D.S., the rare blood and bone marrow disease that Robin Roberts has been diagnosed with.
Robin Roberts is being showered with love one day after revealing to the nation that she is suffering from a rare blood disorder that will require a bone marrow transplant.
Roberts said, "I slept like a baby for the first time last night since my diagnosis. When you feel that you're being uplifted like that, my family and I are just overwhelmed and comforted by the tremendous loving response from everyone."
Michelle Obama tweeted, "Barack and I have you in our prayers. We believe in you and thank you for bringing awareness and hope to others."
Anne Romney also called to wish her the best.
Roberts said, "I had a lovely phone conversation with Anne Romney last night, whose also had her own health challenges."
And her on-air competitors also had warm wishes for her on Tuesday.
The Today show's Matt Lauer said, "We are sending our warm wishes on over to Robin Roberts, who is our colleague over at Good Morning America."
CBS This Morning's Gayle King said, "I want to join the chorus of people who are sending good wishes, good thoughts, love and strength to Robin Roberts this morning."
The blood disorder was caused by the aggressive chemotherapy treatment she underwent for breast cancer five years ago, but Roberts doesn't want that to stop women from getting the life-saving treatment they need for breast cancer.
Her Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos asked, "You didn't want people to take away the message not to get the treatment?"
Roberts replied, "Absolutely not, I have no regrets. No regrets! That treatment saved my life."
Now, Roberts is joining forces with ABC's chief health and medical editor, Dr. Richard Besser to get that important message out.
INSIDE EDITION's Megan Alexander asked Dr. Besser, "What do you say to women who are scared that the cancer treatment is worse than the disease?"
Dr. Besser replied, "If you have cancer, get the recommended treatment."
Alexander then asked, "Should women stop chemotherapy treatment for fear of getting a disease?"
Dr. Besser replied, "Absolutely not. This complication is so exceedingly rare. If you can be cured of cancer, go for the cure."
And INSIDE EDITION is learning more about just what Roberts is going through. Robert Weinberg, a prominent lawyer from Philadelphia, has M.D.S., the same rare blood disorder as Roberts and is undergoing treatment.
Weinberg told INSIDE EDITION, "You feel tired, you're not getting oxygen to your organs so when you go up the stairs you're out of breath when you get to the top of the stairs."
Robert Weinberg has this piece of advice for Roberts, "Don't worry about it. Live your life."
Please click here if you would like to learn more about becoming a bone marrow donor.
For more information on M.D.S., please visit the MDS Foundation by clicking here.
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