Robin Roberts announces return to Good Morning America

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Associated Press

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 10:20 AM

NEW YORK -- Robin Roberts says her road to recovery will bring her back to the "Good Morning America" anchor desk in a matter of "weeks, not months."

Appearing from her home on "Good Morning America" on Monday, Roberts wore a broad smile as she announced that her most recent bone marrow test showed no sign of the life-threatening ailment that has kept her off the air for months.

She said this means she can begin the process of returning to the anchor chair.

She calls it "coming home" and says she hopes to be back on the air "in weeks, not months."

After disclosing she had been diagnosed with MDS, a rare blood disorder, Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant in September, with her sister, Channel 4 anchor Sally-Ann Roberts, as the donor. 

"This day would not be possible without my sister," she said on the Eyewitness Morning News Monday morning. 

"My blood count continues to improve. My beloved sister, Sally-Ann, my donor…her cells continue to make themselves at home in my body,” Robin said on GMA.

“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.... Praise God!"

Robin said the plan is that it's like an "athlete coming off injured reserve." She'll ease into the "process of re-entry," starting with getting up early.

"I got up at 4 o'clock this morning. I have to get back on GMA time," she joked, saying it was one thing she had not missed during her absence.

She said she’ll do what she called some “dry runs,” acclimating herself to the studio.  Her doctors want to see how her body reacts to the environment, especially in light of the current flu outbreak.

"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."

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