Robin Roberts will be taking another medical leave from Good Morning America, this time for a bone marrow transplant. Roberts had just returned to her co-anchor role Monday morning after being away from the show for almost three weeks for pre-treatment.
Roberts said her health is much better now, but she will be receiving a bone marrow transplant from her sister. Doctors hope that the transplant will help her in her battle with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS, also formerly known as preleukemia), a rare blood marrow and bone disease. Roberts announced her diagnosis on June 11, about five years after winning a battle against breast cancer.
GMA announced Roberts’ August 20 return on its Facebook page. The show also shared an update from Roberts about her most recent test results and her upcoming medical leave:
“Received a really good report from my doctor today. All my blood counts are up! The pre-treatment is doing its job and resting as I have lately has helped too… When I return the following week I will have another bone marrow test to finally determine the timing of my transplant. Still slated for the end of the month or early September. That’s when my lengthy medical leave will begin.”
During her time away, Roberts spent time in Italy and visited the Vatican to pray, not only for her health but for her millions of fans who have supported her over the course of her illness. The 51-year-old said she was given special access and that she said a prayer for all those who have prayed for her.
“I feel alive again and really ready to tackle this next challenge,” Robin Roberts said during her Monday return.