From left: Sam Champion, Robin Roberts and Josh Elliott
Courtesy Robin Roberts
Thanksgiving has come six weeks early for Robin Roberts, after her Sept. 20 bone-marrow transplant to treat her rare blood disorder, myelodysplastic syndrome. In a message posted Thursday on the ABC News blog, the
Good Morning America anchor, 51, whose leave of absence from the show started Sept. 1, delivers a positive update on her medical progress, and expresses her heartfelt thanks for all the support she continues to receive. Here, in full, is her message:
Today is what I like to call "Thankful Thursday, aka Friday Eve." I have been in the hospital 25 days now. My bone marrow transplant took place exactly two weeks ago. The only numbers that matter are my blood counts and they are ... GREAT! My sister Sally-Ann
's stem cells apparently feel right at home in my body – an answer to so many prayers.
My doctors and rock star nurses are very pleased with my progress and I could not be more thankful for the excellent care I am receiving. I have had some extremely painful days and it's still difficult for me to eat because of all the chemo. But something I read in Streams in the Desert
stays with me: "I walked a mile with Pleasure, She chatted all the way; But left me none the wiser for all she had to say. I walked a mile with Sorrow, and ne'er a word said she; But, oh, the things I learned from her when sorrow walked with me."
I continue to learn so much on this journey, especially when it comes to true friendship and love. My friends near and far – like Sam [Champion, GMA
meteorologist] and Josh [Elliott, news anchor] who came to visit yesterday – have been lifting my spirits. My childhood pastor (who delivered Momma's eulogy
) is coming from down South to see me tomorrow. I am hopeful that I MAY be well enough to continue my recovery at home next week and my sister's plan to come back to NYC for that milestone in my journey. I truly FEEL and thank you for your love, prayers and good wishes. And I return it to you tenfold. Light Love Power Presence. XO