Roberts thanks girlfriend following rare illness

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File-This Feb. 24, 2013 file photo shows broadcaster Robin Roberts arriving at the 85th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Roberts thanked her longtime girlfriend, Amber Laign, in a year-end post published on the ABC News anchor’s Facebook page on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. The message comes after Roberts’ battle with a life-threatening illness. This 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, who focuses on patients recovering from injuries. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, File)
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File-This Feb. 24, 2013 file photo shows broadcaster Robin Roberts arriving at the 85th Academy Awards …

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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