Robin Roberts Returns To GMA, Feeling Much Stronger After Vacation

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Aug. 20 2012, Published 12:30 p.m. ET

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By Debbie Emery - Reporter

Robin Roberts made a welcome return to Good Morning America on Monday to catch up with her colleagues and give viewers an update on her health status.

“My needle was past E when I left here a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve got a full tank, so watch out," she revealed, as the show played the song Reunited to celebrate her return to her co-hosts.

As previously reported, the 51-year-old tearfully announced in early June that she was diagnosed with a rare blood disease requiring a bone marrow transplant and was anticipating a fall departure, but at the end of last month admitted: "I'm not feeling too well. In fact, I'm going to leave and let you all do the rest of the program on your own. I'll see you in a couple of weeks."

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While she was gone, Roberts continued her pre-treatment for a bone marrow transplant (happily announcing that her blood count was up) and traveled to Italy to celebrate a friend's birthday.

GMA posted on its Facebook page earlier this month that Robin would be "back with the gang" on Monday, while sharing a personal message from her updating her status.

"All I'm thinking about now is Italy. As a going away present my doctor surprised me and removed my PICC line today from my arm...sweet freedom!" she wrote excitedly before her vacation.

"Thank you again for the prayers and well wishes...means more to me than you could possibly ever know."

Robin was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, beating the disease, but explained in 2012 that due to complications from the cancer treatments she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome.

She will undergo surgery for a transplant from her sister, Sally-Ann Roberts, in a few weeks, at which time she will go on a longer medical leave.


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