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Following roughly six months of absence, a bone marrow transplant, the death of her mother and numerous days in the hospital, Robin Roberts has returned to the set of Good Morning America.
“I have been waiting 174 days to say this: 'Good Morning America,’” Roberts happily stated Wednesday morning as reported by Huffington Post.
"I keep pinching myself, and I realize this is real…This is actually happening,” she explained.
Roberts announced that she was diagnosed with MDS in June. Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a rare blood disorder commonly referred to as “pre-leukemia” caused the journalist to undergo a bone marrow transplant. HuffPo notes that the MDS was contracted during her battle with breast cancer.
Roberts was determined to return to the GMA set, announcing her return earlier this month.
She explained that she would return for a dry-run to the set to see how the lights, makeup and early mornings would affect her body and in turn her recovery.
Doctors stand firm they will intervene if Roberts appears weak or is not feeling well. They explained, “I don't care who the interview is with. If you're not well enough, you're not going."
Roberts’ return was celebrated with welcome back messages from President Obama and first lady Michelle, USA Today reports.
"Good morning America and welcome back Robin," Obama said. The First Lady adds, "Robin, we just want you to know that the whole Obama family — we've been thinking about you and praying for you and rooting for you every step of the way."