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'Good Morning America's' Robin Roberts tells fans 'I feel the love'

September 20, 2012|By Patrick Kevin Day
  • Robin Roberts addresses fans from the hospital.
Robin Roberts addresses fans from the hospital. (ABC )

"Good Morning America's" Robin Roberts is set to undergo her bone marrow transplant Thursday and in advance of the procedure, she released a video message to fans recorded in her hospital room.

"This journey is as much about the mind as it is the body," Roberts said, looking tired from her 11 days of chemotherapy in preparation for the transplant. "Your thoughts. Thoughts are so powerful. You've got to change the way you think in order to change the way you feel. And let me just say this lastly, I feel the love and I thank you for it. Thank you."

The video aired this morning on "GMA," the ABC morning show from which Roberts is on an indefinite leave until she regains her strength.

Roberts suffers from MDS, a rare blood disorder. She had scheduled this transplant long ago but had to make two unexpected leaves from the show — first, to travel to Italy and regain her strength; and the second time to be by her dying mother's side.

Roberts' departure came just as "Good Morning America" was experiencing an upsurge in ratings. It recently won its third week in a row over its close competitor, NBC's "Today."

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