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Robin Roberts Returning to GMA Feb. 20

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Robin Roberts Returning to GMA Feb. 20

Originally posted 02/07/2013 08:10AM

Two more weeks, and her comeback will be complete.

Robin Roberts will return to the Good Morning America anchor desk on Feb. 20, exactly five months after she had a bone marrow transplant to treat myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS, a rare blood disorder.

Those months have been a struggle for Roberts, 52, but the pain is about to turn to celebration.

"I cannot wait to return to my GMA family," Roberts told ABC News.

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PHOTO: Robin Roberts Stages 'Dry-Run' at GMA Studio

Robin Roberts Stages 'Dry-Run' at Good Morning America Studio

Originally posted 01/24/2013 09:50AM

Making good on her promise to practice a series of dry-runs at the Good Morning America studio in anticipation of returning to her anchoring chores sometime next month, Robin Roberts – and her alarm clock – got a healthy workout Thursday morning.

Roberts showed up at the studio at 5 a.m. after waking at 3:45 a.m., reports ABC, heralding the visit, which was Roberts's first since undergoing a bone marrow transplant Sept. 20.

Her last appearance at the anchors' desk had been Aug. 30, though she has appeared live from her hospital room and her New York City apartment since.

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Robin Roberts: 'I'm Coming Home'

Robin Roberts: 'I'm Coming Home'

Originally posted 01/14/2013 09:25AM

She's healthy and coming back to television soon!

"It's a matter of weeks, not months," Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts, speaking from her apartment, told viewers live on Monday's show. "I'm coming home."

Looking healthy and resplendent in purple, an emotional Roberts, 52, said she would be coming to work next week for what she described as a "dry run" – taking measure of where she goes on set, her stress level in the studio and her skin's reaction to the lights, all in preparation for a full return to the air.

"My last bone marrow aspiration showed no abnormalities – praise God," Roberts said to the delight of her GMA colleagues. "What all this means is, doctors were waiting for this information so that I can began the process of returning to the anchor chair."

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Robin Roberts Reunited with Dog 100 Days Post-Transplant

Robin Roberts Reunites with Her Dog 100 Days After Bone Marrow Transplant

Originally posted 01/02/2013 03:30PM

This may have been the best New Year's yet for Robin Roberts.

Exactly 100 days after successfully undergoing a bone marrow transplant, the Good Morning America host was reunited with her beloved dog, KJ, just days before ringing in 2013.

"Look who made it back for my 100 day celebration," she Tweeted on Dec. 29, with a photo of herself and KJ in a cuddly embrace. "We just keep staring at each [other] ... can't believe she's finally home."

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Robin Roberts: I'm Starting Life with a Clean Slate | Robin Roberts

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Robin Roberts: I'm Starting Life with a Clean Slate

Originally posted 11/20/2012 09:40AM

A recent visit to the hospital for a "tune-up" took an emotional toll, but Good Morning America host Robin Roberts says she has a lot to be thankful for as she continues to recover from a Sept. 20 bone marrow transplant.

"It's a journey that kind of zigzags, and there are complications and things like that, but I feel good. I feel stronger every day," she told her sister and donor, Sally-Ann Roberts, in a segment that aired on WWL-TV Eyewitness News in New Orleans Monday and on GMA Tuesday.

Since being diagnosed with a rare blood disorder, myelodysplastic syndrome, Roberts says the love and support from friends, family and fans is very much appreciated.

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Robin Roberts Returns Home After Week in Hospital with a Virus | Robin Roberts

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Robin Roberts Returns Home After Week in Hospital with a Virus

Originally posted 11/19/2012 09:05AM

After spending a week in the hospital for a "tune up," Robin Roberts is as positive as ever.

In a message to fans, the Good Morning America host, 51, says she's back at home after being treated for a latent virus that had not responded to medication.

"Our immune systems usually take care of a virus like this ... but mine is only 59 days old," Roberts, who had a bone marrow transplant on Sept. 20, wrote in a post called "Home Sweet Home: Part II."

Roberts, who had undergone breast cancer treatment five years ago, was diagnosed this year with a rare blood disorder, myelodysplastic syndrome.

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Robin Roberts Goes Home from Hospital | Robin Roberts

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Robin Roberts Goes Home from Hospital

Originally posted 10/11/2012 08:40AM

She began making plans to go home right after her bone-marrow transplant last month. Now, Robin Roberts has her cherished wish.

"There's no place like home. After 30 days in the hospital I'm home," the Good Morning America anchor wrote Thursday on Twitter. "Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Thank YOU and bless YOU. XO."

Roberts, 51, who is being treated for a rare blood disorder called myelodysplastic syndrome, says she feels good, but there is still a long road ahead.

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Sam Champion Thanks Fans for 'Amazing Response' to His Engagement

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Sam Champion Thanks Fans for 'Amazing Response' to His Engagement

Originally posted 10/08/2012 12:00PM

Good Morning America weather anchor Sam Champion basked in the news about his wedding engagement on Monday's program, and thanked viewers and ABC News colleagues for their congratulations.

"The amazing response from folks all over the country was just incredible for us," said Champion, whose engagement to his boyfriend, fine-arts photographer Rubem Robierb, was announced on Friday.

"I thank you," Champion, 51, said on the air. (To The New York Times he said, "We're getting married New Year's Eve in Miami," after they legally wed in New York State.)

Describing the overwhelming reaction he's received both in person and through social media, Champion said, "I felt like we lived in a small town. … I was born in Paducah, Kentucky, and to me that's exactly what it felt like. We walked out on the street and everyone was like, 'Hey, congratulations.' "

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Robin Roberts: My Blood Counts Are Great! | Robin Roberts

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Robin Roberts: My Blood Counts Are Great!

Originally posted 10/04/2012 02:00PM

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:

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Doctor: Robin Roberts 'Energized' After Bone Marrow Transplant | Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts 'Energized,' Wants to Go Home After Transplant, Says Doctor

Originally posted 09/21/2012 10:30AM

The doctor for Good Morning America host Robin Roberts said Friday that her star patient was "energized" after a five-minute bone marrow transplant on Thursday and was now being monitored for signs of recovery.

Dr. Gail Roboz, speaking on GMA, said Roberts, in characteristic fighting fashion, had already sent her an email message saying she "wanted to go home!"

But, the oncologist, who called Roberts, 51, "a powerhouse," noted that the next 7-10 days were crucial for the injected stem cells, donated by Roberts's sister Sally-Ann, to grow properly, ridding her of the rare blood disorder, myelodysplastic syndrome.

"It's not instant," Roboz told show host George Stephanopoulos. "Rebuilding ... takes weeks to months," with a goal of leaving the hospital in about 30 days.

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