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Since Robin Roberts returned to the set of “Good Morning America” in February, fans of the ABC morning news show have been overjoyed to see their favorite host progressing positively after her bone marrow transplant late last year. Unfortunately, Robin revealed on her Facebook page today that she has suffered a minor setback and had to be briefly hospitalized last week. She wrote:
My heart continues to go out to the remarkably strong people of Boston. We stand by you now and always.
It saddens me that I haven’t been able to join my colleagues in covering this important story.
Last week, in the middle of my Key West vacation, I began not to feel well. Nothing serious, just under the weather. I contacted my doctors and flew back to NYC. They felt it best to admit me into the hospital for a few days. Seems my young immune system needed a little boost to fight off “opportunistic infections”.
My doctors assured me that this was NOT because I was working or doing too much, too soon. It’s extremely common, post bone marrow transplant, to have complications. I’m blessed that mine have not been severe.
I’m feeling MUCH better, and will relax at home for the rest of the week. I’ll be back on GMA next week…as my sweet momma would say: “Good Lord willing, and the creek don’t rise!”
Miss you and bless you..XO
It’s certainly good to know working hasn’t compromised Robin’s health. Here’s wishing a speedy and relaxing recovery to our favorite journalist while she rests at home. We’re looking forward to seeing her back on GMA next week and keeping her in our prayers!
Those of you who are anticipating Robin Roberts’ return to Good Morning America will have to wait a bit longer.
Sources have informed TMZ that the beloved morning show host will not return to the show until May or June 2013. The show sources say that returning too soon with so many medical issues is too much of a risk to take for her immune system.
But don’t fret: the mid-year return is actually a good thing. Roberts is making great progress since her bone marrow transplant and this puts her right on track. As a matter of fact, Roberts posted the above picture on Saturday to mark her 100 day “anniversary” since the transplant.
Neither Roberts nor GMA are happy with the “late” return, especially since GMA execs know that a return will likely boast huge ratings in their morning show fight. GMa and NBC’s Today are consistently in a ratings battle, one that GMA has found a way to win for the past few months.
In the meantime, we can keep sending well wishes to Roberts. On her Twitter account, she always thanks her fans for thinking of her and sending tweets, cards and anything else they can get to her on her road to recovery.
We can’t wait to see you back on television regularly, Robin!
Solange Knowles is lending her name and her face to raise awareness about blood cancer. The singer, songwriter, DJ and mother recognizes that blood cancers kill more children in the U.S. than any other disease. This is why she’s encouraging each of us to go to GetSwabbed.org to swab our cheeks and see if we’re matches for children who are suffering from leukemia and other blood cancers.
Check out the video below:
What were you doing in the fifth grade?
You were probably getting excited about your first forays into organized school sports, joining some cliques, getting excited about the impending coolness of junior high school soon. But chances are, you weren’t going through hell and back trying to find a bone marrow donor.
11-year-old Imani Cornelius was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome almost two years ago. The syndrome is a blood and bone marrow disease that if not treated with a bone marrow transplant, can one day develop into full blown leukemia. Imani’s form is mild at the moment. Being bi-racial, with a white mother and black father, finding a donor who matches her makeup has proven to be difficult. Add to that the fact that there is a noticeable lack of black donors in the registry, who could probably be the match she needs since one can usually be found through an individual of a similar ethnic background. But at the moment, the chance of a white person finding a match on the Be The Match Registry is almost 93 percent, while for African Americans and other minorities, the low can reach 66 percent.
Currently, Imani is doing the things she should as a funky fifth grader: playing soccer, doing dance. But in order for her to continue to do these things with no problem, this little girl needs a donor. So more African American donors are being asked to step up and make a difference.
To here more of Imani’s story, including Tionne T-Boz Watkins’ role in it, check out AOL Black Voices.
To also find out what you can do to help, make sure you visit the National Marrow Donor Program’s website.