Roberts thanks girlfriend following rare illness

Roberts thanks girlfriend following rare illness

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 17: Television personality Robin Roberts attends CoachArt's 9th Annual 'Gala Of Champions' at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 17, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 30 at 3:31 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robin Roberts thanked her longtime girlfriend, Amber Laign, in a year-end post published Sunday on the ABC News anchor's Facebook page.

The message, which follows Roberts' battle with a life-threatening illness, is the first time the "Good Morning America" anchor has publicly acknowledged her 10-year, same-sex relationship with Laign, a massage therapist from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Roberts' post was confirmed by ABC News spokeswoman Heather Riley.

Sunday was the anniversary of Roberts' 100-day milestone following a bone marrow transplant in September 2012 for treatment of myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood and bone marrow disease.

In May, Grand Central Publishing announced Roberts, one of the most popular figures in morning TV news, will write a memoir about her battle with MDS and the life lessons she continues to gather following her return to "GMA" last February.

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