When one receives a bone marrow transplant, they often refer to their transplant day as their new birthday. And for Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts, it’s time to celebrate her sixth birthday.
“6 years ago today I underwent a life saving bone marrow transplant,” Roberts wrote on her social media pages on Thursday (Sept. 20.) “My beautiful big sister Sally Ann Roberts was my stem cell donor. By the grace of God, my sister, doctors, nurses and countless prayers. I’m not just surviving, I’m blessed to be thriving.”
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A truly special #ThankfulThursday…6 years ago today I underwent a life saving bone marrow transplant. My beautiful big sister @sallyann_roberts was my stem cell donor. By the grace of God, my sister, doctors, nurses and countless prayers (thank you!!) I’m not just surviving, I’m blessed to be thriving. These past 6 years others who have faced challenges, medical and otherwise, have crossed my path telling me their incredible stories of renewal and determination. I’ll soon be sharing their inspirational stories in my upcoming initiative called #ThriverThursday. My heart is so full, especially when I hear what YOU’RE most grateful for today! And yes, #HappyFridayEve 💃🏾
Indeed, it was in fact six years ago when Roberts received a bone marrow transplant to help treat Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). For many weeks after being discharged from the hospital, Roberts was confined to her home in New York where she was banned from virtually any human contact.
“This is the anniversary of Robin Roberts’ stem cell transplant,” tweeted Sally Ann Roberts also on Thursday. “So grateful baby sis and I were a perfect match. Robin now gives me credit for her sweet cravings, especially Red Velvet cake with cream cheese icing. Happy 6thRebirth Day to ya little sister.”
This is the anniversary of @RobinRoberts stem cell transplant. So grateful baby sis and I were a perfect match🙏🏾 Robin now gives me credit for her sweet cravings especially Red Velvet cake with cream cheese icing💕Happy 6th Rebirth Day to ya little sister🎂❤️🏃🏾♀️ pic.twitter.com/7Z6YsHG8Mm
— Sally-Ann Roberts (@sallyannPowerUp) September 20, 2018
Here’s to a wonderful celebration that lies ahead for these two special women!