NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - Noblesville resident Sherry Pace, 55, and “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts have both battled myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS.
In Roberts’ case, MDS was a rare side effect from breast cancer treatment, but that wasn’t the case with Sherry.
Pace never had breast cancer, just a bleeding ulcer.
"My blood counts weren't right after the G.I. bleed so I was re-tested," Pace said.
Pace was diagnosed with MDS in 2009, which was back before Roberts’ diagnosis shined a spotlight on the disease.
"When I had had it, the initial doctors said there isn't anything we can do. We don't know how to treat this," said Pace.
She then went to the I.U. Health Simon Cancer Center where she was treated by a team of doctors.
"I'm good. I’m really good. I can say I'm in remission now," Pace said.
But like Roberts, Pace had to endure a long, hard journey to recovery.
She said she’s thankful Robin is bringing awareness to MDS and wanted to talk to RTV6 to send a message as well.
"You really need to pay attention to yourself. I was blowing off how I was feeling and thinking I'm just out of shape or I need to lose weight," Pace explained.
But she worries about Roberts’ seemingly quick return to work.
Pace has yet to return to her job as a registered nurse due to several factors, including fatigue.
She has this message for Roberts: “When you don’t feel like doing it, don’t do it.”
Both she and Roberts had their own sisters as donors for their transplants, and both say the support of family and friends was crucial to their recovery.