Robin Roberts says her road to recovery will bring her back to the Good Morning America (GMA) anchor desk in just weeks.
In June, Roberts was diagnosed with MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease that developed after chemotherapy treatment for Robin’s breast cancer. The cancer is in remission but the disease forced Robin to undergo a bone marrow transplant that kept her off the air for months.
Appearing on air from her New York home on Monday morning, Roberts wore a broad smile as she told the GMA audience that her most recent bone marrow test showed no abnormalities — which means she can begin the process of returning to the morning show stage. The veteran newswoman has a “date in mind” in February for her official return, but will begin “dry runs” to the studio next week.
“I got up at 4 o’clock this morning. I have to get back on GMA time. One thing I have not missed is that alarm clock. Next week, my doctors have me doing what I’m calling a dry run. I’ll get up, go to the studio. I’ll have makeup and hair. Well, makeup. We’ll talk about the hair later.”
She calls it “coming home,” Robin’s doctors want to see how her body reacts to the studio environment, especially in light of the flu outbreak sweeping the country.
“What happens now is after I go through this dry run, my doctors will sit down with me again and evaluate where I am. We’re talking now weeks, not months. I should be back sometime in February.”