Robin Roberts Starts Medical Leave Early, Departing Today From ‘Good Morning America’

When “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts announced in June that she had been diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called MDS, she said that she would undergo a bone-marrow transplant this fall, and would eventually have to miss a few months of work. Her last day at work before the transplant was supposed to be tomorrow, but this morning Roberts said that she had moved up her last day to today. She said today she is “about to embark upon a journey,” adding, “This will be my final morning for a while.”

Roberts is departing early to fly to Mississippi to visit her ill mother and relatives in the path of Hurricane Isaac. She begins pre-treatment for her transplant next week.

GMA devoted almost an hour to Roberts this morning. Country singer Marina McBride sang her Grammy-nominated song “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” an anthem about cancer recovery. Roberts had appeared in the song’s music video.

Viewers this morning also saw a video in which Roberts talked with her sister, who is donating her bone marrow to Roberts, and her doctor. Her doctor explained how the immune system rebuilds after a transplant, and said she shouldn’t try to figure out exactly when she could return to television. Everyone’s recovery time is different.

While Roberts is away, GMA will cycle through a list of impressive guest-hosts, including Oprah, Diane Sawyer, and Katie Couric.

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