Robin Roberts has started her medical leave a day early from her hosting duties at “Good Morning, America.” Her last day was supposed to be Friday, August 31. However, she is heading to Mississippi to spend time with her ailing mother before she starts her new journey next week. She had announced on June 11, 2012 that she had developed Myelodysplastic, a blood disorder that resulted as a complication from her chemotherapy. She is set to be away for a little while, but she will return to her job on the popular show when she recovers. Thursday morning was all about celebration and love for the beloved host.
Robin’s sister Sally-Ann, who is her bone marrow donor, and her doctor were on set answering questions about the procedure. Sally-Ann has been undergoing many tests to get ready for the donation process. The doctor said that Robin will be hooked up to a special IV and will have her own personal calendar as her system starts to rebuild itself after receiving the bone marrow from her sister. The first 30 days will be all about building up the immunity system.
Surrounded by the whole staff and boxes of Kleenex, the 51-year-old talked about the gifts she has received from this experience. She named the gifts of family, laughter, knowledge, the gift of giving and friendship are all parts of the process. She was given many other gifts, too including a special book of messages from her friends at “GMA.” Roberts excitedly said as she opened the book, “There are real messages!” She also shared a favorite quote with viewers, “‘Life provides losses and heartbreak for all of us. But the greatest tragedy is to have the experience and miss the meaning.” She said that she is determined not to miss that meaning.
George Stephanopoulos, who is in Tampa covering the Republican convention, and Sam Champion who is out covering Hurricane Isaac, were not there in person to see her off. However, Martina McBride stopped by to show her support and to serenade Robin by singing her emotional song, “I’m Going to Love You Through it.” It’s a good thing that they had plenty of Kleenex to go around.
Faith, family, and friends…this is what Robin Roberts has plenty of as she heads into this new journey in her life. She told everyone, “See you soon,” and that is a promise that she will be sure to keep.
Good luck, Robin!