Robin Roberts shares a special message in honor of her 6th 'birthday'

PHOTO: ABC News Robin Roberts and her sisters are pictured in this undated photo.PlayCourtesy Robin Roberts
WATCH Robin Roberts celebrates the 6th anniversary of her bone marrow

Today is my sixth “birthday.”

On this day, six years ago, I underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). I was blessed that my sister, Sally-Ann, was a perfect match, and her stem cells saved my life.

During my journey back to health rebuilding my immune system, my doctors required me to be home in New York with limited contact with the outside world. Hand sanitizer and face masks were handed out to all visitors, and even hugs were not allowed. Every solitary day was another tick towards the 100-day mark.

PHOTO: ABC News Robin Roberts and her sisters are photographed celebrating her second birthday.Courtesy Robin Roberts
ABC News' Robin Roberts and her sisters are photographed celebrating her second "birthday."

One hundred days passed, and I had reached a critical point in surviving MDS, five years after facing a breast cancer diagnosis. I had fought off two life-threatening illnesses. Now what?

I had a choice: let my illnesses define me and give into my difficult circumstances, or embrace my experience as a “rebirth”. I refused to look back, and only looked forward. Like many others, I chose to thrive, not just survive.

PHOTO: ABC News Robin Roberts is photographed shortly after receiving a bone marrow transplant.Courtesy Robin Roberts
ABC News' Robin Roberts is photographed shortly after receiving a bone marrow transplant.

I had a choice: let my illnesses define me and give into my difficult circumstances, or embrace my experience as a “rebirth”...Like many others, I chose to thrive, not just survive.

Every year on my birthday, I’m truly touched by the amazing stories of “thrivership” that viewers share with me. That’s why, this year, I’m introducing a new social initiative called #thriverthursday.

PHOTO: Sally-Ann, Robin Roberts sister, is photographed shortly after giving Robin her bone marrow.Courtesy Robin Roberts
Sally-Ann, Robin Roberts sister, is photographed shortly after giving Robin her bone marrow.

Thriver Thursday spotlights "thrivers" - people who persevere, achieve their goals and even surpass them, despite life altering circumstances. Thrivers are everyone from people who have experienced a catastrophic diagnosis or unexpected loss to those facing unemployment, divorce, or personal betrayal. These are people who -- when faced with a critical choice -- chose to thrive.

PHOTO: ABC News Robin Roberts (middle) is raising awareness for bone marrow donations after she received a life-saving transplant.Courtesy Robin Roberts
ABC News' Robin Roberts (middle) is raising awareness for bone marrow donations after she received a life-saving transplant.

Please join in on the conversation online by tagging #thriverthursday or submitting your stories on thriverthursday.com. Later this year, my production company, Rock’n Robin Productions, will release a new digital series Thriver Thursday where we will spotlight extraordinary "thrivers" we have met along the way.

Looking forward to sharing your stories.

Blessings, Robin

PHOTO: ABC News Robin Roberts and her sisters are pictured in this undated photo.Courtesy Robin Roberts
ABC News' Robin Roberts and her sisters are pictured in this undated photo.

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