Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News
Robin Roberts is celebrating a milestone Saturday in her recovery: 100 days since undergoing the bone marrow transplant in which her sister, WWL-TV anchor Sally-Ann Roberts, was the donor.
Robin posted a photo on Twitter Saturday of her in a Santa Claus cap and Angry Birds pajamas, holding a calendar marked with the 100-day countdown.
“Every a.m. I mark the day post my bone marrow transplant,” she explained. “Today I reached a major milestone…Day 100!”
Roberts is battling MDS, a rare blood disorder, and has marked the milestones in her recovery along the way, in a series of updates on ABC’s Good Morning America, as well as Facebook and Twitter.
In a WWL-TV interview with Sally-Ann in November, Robin explained that the 100-day mark is a major milestone in the recovery from the September procedure, in which bone marrow stem cells from Sally-Ann were transplanted into Robin’s body.
“Everyone will tell you, who’s gone through a bone marrow transplant, that 100-day marker…that’s the next great milestone,” she said. She joked at the time that being allowed to go out to eat to early bird specials at restaurants was a major step, along with being allowed to go home to Connecticut from her New York apartment.
In a GMA story in September explaining the procedure and Robin’s recovery, Dr. Gail Roboz, who was one of the doctors helping Robin prepare her for her bone marrow transplant, discussed the importance of the 30 and 100-day milestones.
“We have to watch patients super-closely for 100 days. We don’t trust anything for the first 100 days. After that, we’re happy. With cancer patients, we use five years as a benchmark to a cure. When someone has had a marrow transplant, we’ll be watching her for life, to see if she’s having symptoms.”
At the 100-day mark though, doctors will evaluate Robin’s progress, with the goal of issuing a more definite prognosis. She has said she hopes to return to work at GMA as early as next spring.
In November, as she recorded the interview with Sally-Ann, Robin was briefly hospitalized after a minor virus was not responding to medication, because of her weakened immune system, which doctors said was normal for a transplant patient.
Click here for more information on Channel 4's Perfect Match campaign supporting Sally-Ann and Robin and encouraging people to sign up as bone marrow and organ donors.