In a new blog posted this past weekend, the resilient Good Morning America host, 51, who’s still recovering from her September 20th bone marrow transplant, called her return to the hospital a “tune up,” but she acknowledged the “emotional toll” of being away from home.
In the blog entry, entitled “Home Sweet Home: Part II,” Roberts updates fans on her slow, but steady recovery.
After about a week back in the hospital I returned home Friday night. A latent virus, many of us have, was not responding to medication and was pulling down my numbers. Our immune systems usually take care of a virus like this…but mine is only 59 days old. Physically I felt fine but being back in the hospital took an emotional toll on me. The wonderful doctors, nurses and support staff lifted my spirits..it was comforting seeing them again. They assured me the majority of BMT patients have to be re-admitted to the hospital for various reasons. I decided to look at my brief stay as a “tune up”…and then I would be back on the road to recovery. By the grace of God, I am! The virus is under control and my numbers are going back up. My sister, Sally-Ann, flew to NYC to be with me. Before I was discharged on Friday she interviewed me. Her station in New Orleans, WWL-TV, has done an incredible job bringing attention to the need for donors like my big sis. GMA will show a portion of the interview Tuesday morning. I’ve been moved to tears by my GMA family’s (and YOUR) genuine support, concern and love. Have a blessed Sunday. XO
Roberts, who battled breast cancer five years ago, was diagnosed earlier this year with a rare blood disorder, myelodysplastic syndrome, forcing her to undergo a bone marrow transplant.
She’s not expected to return to GMA until sometime next year.