Robin Roberts on her way back to GMA

"Robin Roberts at home"

“Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts is hoping to return to her TV job by next month, a process she likened to an athlete coming off the disabled list.
Roberts hopes to begin visiting the show’s studio several times next week but does not plan going on the air just yet.
“Good Morning, America!” Roberts said, kicking off Monday’s show. “I am excited.”
The host, who has been battling a rare blood disorder and underwent a bone marrow transplant last fall, opened Monday’s edition of “GMA” making her announcement by satellite from her Manhattan home.
Roberts, who is bald from the intense chemotherapy doctors used for the treatment, wore a huge smile as she shared her news.
“We’re talking now weeks, not months,” she said. “I should be back sometime in February.
“I have a date in mind that’s very personal and important to me, but I’ll listen to what my doctors say.”
The TV star, who has been slowly regenerating a new immune system, needs to make the move slowly she said.
“I’m so happy to be sharing this news with everybody. I met with my doctors last week. 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. … Praise God!”
She continued: “What all of this means is my doctors were waiting for this information to tell me I can begin the process of returning to the anchor chair. I’m coming home.”
She likened her plan to an “athlete coming off injured reserve.” She said 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 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.”
Roberts, who has not been live on TV since August, cautioned that she will not go on the air next week. Her doctors want to see how her body reacts to the environment, especially given the current flu outbreak.
“After you all go off the air, I’ll go on set,” she said. She added her skin was very sensitive so she needs to see how she reacts to the studio lights.
“What happens now is after I go through this dry run, my doctors will sit down with me again and evaluate where I am,” she said.

Source: New York Daily News


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