A radiant-looking Robin Roberts made a big announcement on Good Morning America on Monday, saying she's preparing to return to the top rated morning show in February, which is much sooner than most people expected.
Robin, 52, appeared via remote on GMA to give both an update on her heath, and her timetable as to when she'll return to her anchor's chair on the top-rated ABC show. The broadcaster, who is battling a blood and bone marrow disorder MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndrome), said her doctors are seeing results after her bone marrow transplant last September.
"I'm so happy to be sharing this news with everybody -- I met with my doctors last week," she said. "My blood count continues to improve. My beloved sister, Sally-Ann, my donor. Her cells continue to make themselves at home in my body. The big news is that my last bone marrow aspiration -- by the way, ouch, I've lost count how many I've had -- but the last bone marrow test showed no abnormalities!"
"What all of this means is my doctors were waiting for this information to tell me I can being the process of returning to the anchor chair," Roberts said. "I'm coming home."
Robin said her return will be meticulously timed, like an "athlete coming off injured reserve," as she reacquaints herself to the daily grind.
"I have to get back on GMA time," she said. "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.
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"I will not go on the air next week … after you all go off the air, I'll go on set."
She continued, "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."
She added she's targeting a return date "that's very personal and important" to her, but she'll defer to the expertise of her doctors in any event.
Robin has been sidelined since last August, amidst GMA's move past the TODAY show in ratings.