Robin Roberts to Begin Bone Marrow Transplant

The "GMA" Anchor has a special message for viewers as she begins her treatment for MDS.
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Transcript for Robin Roberts to Begin Bone Marrow Transplant
denver. We turn to an important day for our friend, robin. In a few hours she begins her bone marrow transplant. It is a day robin is embracing because it means that healthier days are coming. We're going to hear more from that from her doctor in a moment. First, let's look at robin's journey. Good morning, america. A thankful thursday. A.K.A., Friday eve, I like to say. Reporter: The last time we saw her on "gma," robin was full of gratitude. Thank you all very, very much. Reporter: In the night before she entered the hospital, our "gma" family gathered to lift her spirits. Robin's been in the hospital for 11 days, with friends and family by her side. Will this go home? Reporter: Eight days of intense chemotherapy have prepared her for today, transplant today. Also known by many bone marrow recipients as their new birthday. On her new birthday, robin has a message for us. This journey is as much about the mind as it is the body. The thoughts. Thoughts are so powerful. You have to change the way you think, in order to change the way you feel. You have to change the way you think, in order to change the way you feel. And let me say this lastly, i feel beloved. And I thank you for it. Thank you. ♪ ♪ this is going to make you stronger ♪ the love will keep on coming, robin. Joining us now, is dr. Gail roboz. In that piece, I described what robin has been through the last week. Intensive chemotherapy. Much more intense than what she had earlier in the summer. That's right. George. We can see in watching robin over the summer, she looks fantastic. She was having an easy time with it. That was mds-directed treatment. That was to mow the lawn. Get rid of as many mds cells as possible. Boost the bone marrow and get things ready for the transplant. This type of therapy over the last week has been much more intensive. This isn't just mowing the lawn. It's not getting rid of the weeds on top. It's digging down deeper and really trying to empty out the bone marrow cells and get rid of immune system cells so that the new ones from sally-ann can come on in. Tuesday, 18 hours of chemotherapy. Lots of chemotherapy. It's very intensive. We can see, robin looks great. She's a powerhouse. But she feels crummy. Her mouth hurts. She has a headache that won't quit. Nothing tastes right. It's hard to get up and even move around in the room. This is somebody who is used to 50-hour days. An athlete with tremendous stamina. It's powerful to hear her say that reading a few e-mails or sitting up in bed is a lot of work. In a few hours, a brand-new phase. The transplant begins. You're working with dr. Sergio giralt, at sloan-kettering. We're going to put in the new bone marrow cells. This is the rebuilding phase. We've been in the kind of tearing down phase, getting everything ready to accept the new cells. But it's not instant. And a lot of people are thinking, okay. We got here. It's today. Slam those new cells in and we're done. We're not done. Rebuilding is not immedie. It takes at least a month. That's why they call this a birthday. That's right. That's right. You don't go from newborn to 10 years old right away. It takes time. I think we all have to appreciate that it's not going to be immediate. These cells have to swim around. There are millions of them being infused today into robin. They have to find out where they want to go. And they have to rebuild her entire blood forming immune system. And the next big marker is 30 days and 100 days. 30 days gets us to we hope that we see nice, normal blood counts. We hope that we can stop supporting her with things through the i.V. Because her systems are up and running. But it doesn't mean she feels like robin again. It's still very early. We're hoping at that point approximately she'll be able to get out of the hospital. But there's still a long process after that, of fully regaining her strength. And of fully regaining all of the power that she needs to be back here. But it all begins today. And so far, everything going as well as could be hoped for? Everything is going great. Medically speaking, everything is going fantastically. I think she misses her mom a lot. And I think it's been really hard to go through this. She said yesterday, that this is the first hard thing that she's had to go through without her mom. I think that's been a real challenge. But she is a trooper and fighting through it and doing very, very well. We know that. Dr. Gail roboz, thank you very

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