Robin Roberts opens up about her life-saving bone marrow transplant: 'I had a year or 2 to live'

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Robin Roberts is reflecting on the life-saving bone marrow transplant she underwent in 2012.

The “Good Morning America” host was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome and required a bone marrow transplant to survive. Roberts’ sister Sally-Ann would become her donor.

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“My doctor told me I had a year or two to live if I didn’t have a successful transplant, and my other siblings were not a match,” Roberts said during an appearance on “Rachael Ray” on Wednesday, according to Prevention. “There was not anybody on the list that matched me. It came down to my sister, Sally-Ann.”

The 60-year-old shared the moment she was informed her sister was a match.

"When they came back — and they had to do repeated tests to get to the certain level — and they said, 'Yes, she's a match.' And I cannot tell you, you just exhale, and you're like, 'I got a chance,’” she recalled.

Roberts got emotional as she discussed how Sally-Ann never questioned undergoing the transplant for her sister.

“Sometimes people will put themselves on the list and say that they want to be a donor, and then it gets to that point and they have second thoughts,” Roberts added. “My sister said, ‘Not only is this something I want to do, I feel I was born to be [your donor].’”

On Monday, Roberts took to Instagram to honor the 9th anniversary of the procedure with a small celebration alongside longtime partner Amber Laign and their adorable dog Lukas.

“Quiet dinner at home w/ sweet Amber & @lil_man_lukas to mark 9 years since my bone marrow transplant,” she captioned a photo holding up 9 fingers. “Everybody’s got something and I’m hopeful to be a reminder that this too shall pass.”

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