'GMA' co-host Robin Roberts home from hospital following bone marrow transplant
BY RITA SHERROW World Television Editor
Thursday, October 11, 2012
10/11/12 at 9:55 AM
Robin Roberts is back home.
The "Good Morning America" co-anchor, who had a bone marrow transplant to treat a blood disorder, tweeted the good news at 4 a.m. Thursday.
"There's no place like home," she tweeted. "After 30 days in the hospital I'm home. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Thank YOU and bless YOU. XO"
Roberts told viewers in July that she had been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood disorder, and would be taking an extended medical leave to prepare for a bone marrow transplant to be provided by her sister Sally-Ann. She was scheduled to start her leave Aug. 31 but ended up departing a day earlier to see her ailing mother in Pass Christian, Miss. Roberts arrived in time to say goodbye to her mother, Lucimarian, who died that evening.
"Home Sweet Home," Roberts blogged Thursday. "That has never had quite so much meaning before.
"After exactly one month in the hospital dreaming of this day, I am finally home. My sisters Sally-Ann and Dorothy were here to help me make the transition. I'll be adding that to the long list of things for which I am grateful. Least of all, my new and improved bone marrow thanks to Sally-Ann.
"My doctors tell me her cells are making themselves right at home and with the grace of God, I pray that they will continue to do so.
"This doesn’t mean that my journey is over. Far from it. I am considered 21 days old. That's how long it has been since my transplant. Remember when you brought your baby home for the first time? Your precious bundle didn't leave the house much and you were careful that anyone who came in contact with your child was healthy. So I will still be resting away from GMA until I'm given the all clear, but sleeping in my own bed again feels like a big victory.
"My doctors will be monitoring me closely and I will still be at the hospital regularly to make sure we’re on the right track. I cannot thank my amazing medical team enough. I have a great deal of respect and admiration for how they treat all their patients with such passion and compassion."
“Most of all, I know it is your prayers and warm thoughts that have gotten me this far. I truly feel them each and every day. I humbly ask that you please continue to send them until you see me back at the GMA anchor desk and I promise to send them right back at ya.
"Each day I get stronger and stronger. I am fond of saying, 'This Too Shall Pass.' And even in some dark moments, of which there are still a few, I now see that light at the end of the tunnel. This too really shall pass."
The next step in her treatment will be a bone marrow biopsy to see how she is doing, her physician, Dr. Gail Roboz told viewers Thursday on "GMA."
"Good Morning America'" co-host Robin Roberts, seen here in an Aug. 20 broadcast, is home following a bone marrow transplant 30 days ago.DONNA SVENNEVIK/ABC/AP File Photo