Robin Roberts returned to Good Morning America last week, following a three-week leave of absence for medical reasons.
But the anchor announced today that she’s heading out of the co-anchor’s chair once again on Friday, as she’s scheduled to undergo a bone marrow transplant in order to overcome her diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).
Roberts will be admitted to the hospital on Tuesday, explaining to viewers:
“It still takes about 10 days after being admitted because there are some things you have to go through before the transplant actually occurs.”
The journalist’s sister is a perfect match and will serve as Roberts’ marrow donor. It’s unclear how long Roberts will be gone for, but initial estimates are around two months.
“I know I’m going to have a job when I come back,” Roberts told viewers.
In her place, Good Morning America will feature a number of big named guest anchors. The program will also dedicate time all this week to “Robin’s Journey,” which will highlight the reporter’s defeat of breast cancer and also include powerful stories about families who have faced and overcome an MDS diagnosis.
We wish Roberts nothing but the absolute best. Here’s to a speedy, full recovery.