Robin Roberts Surrounded by Loved Ones After Treatment

Dr. Gail Roboz discusses the next steps in "GMA" anchor's treatment for MDS.
3:00 | 09/21/12

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Here on monday morning, as well. We want to get the latest on robin. Sam, you were in the hospital room yesterday. We were lucky enough to be in. They wanted a small group of people just for her health. As our friend, robin, took that first leap toward recovering her health problem it was a very emotional -- it was scary. But at the same time, it was exhilarating. And I don't think I'll forget the power that was in that room. The power and the love that was in that room. And of course, as you heard, some of robin's favorite music, including that theme song, "ain't no mountain high enough ♪ ♪ ain't no mountain high enough ♪ Reporter: Surrounded by her sisters, sally-ann and dorothy. And close friends. We moved the barges in our way ♪ Reporter: Robin's spirits were high. Let's not have a crowd did we not understand? Reporter: She was ready to face the latest step in her journey, with robin roberts grace, strength and humor. I feel all the love in here. All the love. Keep it boring. I think she built a cathedral up in that room. And I think the hebrew translation of the word blessings is more life. And we left more life for her. Reporter: Transplant day began with a prayer by pastor a.R. Bernard, all gathered around sally-ann's stem cells. We thank you. We thank you for that great victory of faith that comes to those who believe. Reporter: Then, the transfusion began. Using a syringe, robin's transplant doctor, sergio giralt, transplanted the stem cells into robin's system. In five minutes, the process was completed. But her journey is far from over. I think now is the time to say, go, sally, go. I now have sally, you're in me. You're in me. I'll tell you what -- what happens now? I think that when you see the health, the excellent health, you will realize, I had to go through it to get to this. I will now wait and anxiously watch to see what happens. For the next seven to ten days. And my counts will continue to go up. And we'll be on phase three, which will be get out of here. Get out of here. Go home. In this place, it is a regular conversation. We talk about how robin's doing. I'm sure you do, as well. It's a journey that we'll all go on together with robin. We'll let you know how she's doing and how she's feeling. We'll make every milestone along the way I know because you're tweeting and talking about it. So, please tweet her. We know you're cheering her on. George? Thank you, sam. I'm here with the experts this morning. Dr. Gail roboz, robin's oncologist. And thank you for coming back. One of the things we were all amazed by, is five minutes is all it takes. And it's in a tiny cup. A tiny cup, five minutes. Nobody can believe it, actually. People have in their mind all kinds of images of what's going to happen in a transplant. But it's an incredibly powerful moment. Inside of that syringe are of stem cells that are circulating around and trying to find a home in robin and start growing, which is what we're going to be looking for over the next couple of weeks. The next ten days, crucial of watching and waiting. How is she feeling now? I got a good e-mail this morning. This morning, she sounds energized. At the end of the e-mail, I want to go home, with an exclamation point. That's encouraging she's energized this morning. You expected her to feel about the same some time. We roll with the punches over the next few days. Don't forget, her systems are down. And sally-ann's aren't up yet. We're in that between zone of watching very carefully. We're wanting every day to be a good day. But we're ready for bumps in the road. What are you watching for? How do you know when the stem cells take? We actually check blood sometimes several times a day. And you can start seeing normal blood cells recover. And usually I tell people, when you get three days in a row of the white blood cells coming up, then, you're starting to get excited that the grass is taking hold. The stem cells are taking hold. And maybe we're going to get to the finish line and get out of the hospital. Watching for that. And also watching for possible infection. Absolutely. I know robin wanted people to know this, as well. Bone marrow transplants are working for people far beyond people suffering from mds. That's right. The ability to do stem cell transports are not only for patients with human malignancies. And the other things is, we can get older patients transplanted now. It's not only something that's reserved for young paretients. There are patients 80 and 81 years old who can get stem cell transplants now. The number of patients who can benefit from the procedure is increasing. The procedure is getting better and better as the years go by. And the number of conditions that can be cured is going up. One more reason for everyone at home, if they have the time it takes just a few minutes, to become a donor. At bethematch.Org. Thanks very much for coming in again. If you want to follow robin's progress and share your messages of support, go to goodmorningamerica.Com/robin. Let's go back to sam

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