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Robin Roberts Comes Out, Thanks 'Long Time Girlfriend'

After an incredibly difficult year that included battling a rare blood disorder called MDS and receiving a successful bone marrow transplant, Robin Roberts is looking back on 2013 with gratitude.

In an end-of-year Facebook post on Sunday, Dec. 29th, the 'GMA' host writes:

"At this moment I am at peace and filled with joy and gratitude. I am grateful to God, my doctors and nurses for my restored good health," she wrote. "I am grateful for my sister, Sally-Ann, for being my donor and giving me the gift of life. I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together. I am grateful for the many prayers and well wishes for my recovery. I return every one of them to you 100 fold. On this last Sunday of 2013 I encourage you to reflect on what you are grateful for too."

Though the two have been together for 10 years, PEOPLE reports, this is the first time she is publicly revealing the very special woman who has been by her side in sickness and in health: Amber Laign.

Media Bistro reports that Laign is a licensed massage therapist and a San Francisco Bay area native. Laign and Roberts reportedly met through mutual friends.

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Robin Roberts arrives at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Sally Ann Roberts, left, Robin Roberts, and Brooke Anderson attend the CoachArt 2013 Gala of Champions at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
From left, Arthur Ashe courage award winner Robin Roberts and presenter LeBron James walk off stage at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Actress Susan Lucci, left, and TV personality Robin Roberts attend the 12th Annual Women Who Care Luncheon at Cipriani 42nd Street, on Monday, May 6, 2013 in New York. (Photo By Donald Traill/Invison/AP)
Robin Roberts appears on Good Morning America in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Robin Roberts of ABC News arrives for the 81st Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
ABC "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts stands with models after walking the runway at a showing of designer Isaac Mizrahi's Fall 2008 collection, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, in New York, as part of the morning show's "I Dare You" series. Roberts, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer and recently completed chemotherapy treatments, also appeared live on television without her wig for the first time. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)
ABC NEWS SPECIAL - THE YEAR - ABC News and People Magazine collaborate for the third straight year on a new, entertaining two-hour primetime broadcast special featuring details of all the big stories and news events of 2013. THE YEAR, anchored by Robin Roberts. airs THURSDAY, DEC. 19 (9-11 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae AStute/ABC via Getty Images) ROBIN ROBERTS
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Fabio Viviani prepares recipes on 'Good Morning America,' 12/3/13, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) ROBIN ROBERTS, SAM CHAMPION, JOSH ELLIOTT
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Sam Champion celebrates his last day on 'Good Morning America,' 12/4/13, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images) ROBIN ROBERTS, LARA SPENCER, JOSH ELLIOTT, SAM CHAMPION, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos on 'Good Morning America,' 10/10/13, airing on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Lou Rocco) ROBIN ROBERTS, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS

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