09/20/2012 AT 8:10 AM ET
Thursday is Robin Roberts’s new birthday. It is the day she is receiving her bone-marrow transplant.
The TV anchor, 51, also delivered a taped message from her New York hospital bed, which was shown on Thursday’s Good Morning America during a segment about her medical journey to treat her rare blood disorder, myelodysplastic syndrome.
Wearing a bright pink baseball cap, Roberts, who’s had eight days of intense chemotherapy during her 11 days in the hospital, said: “This journey is as much about the mind as it is the body. Your 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.”