All of America celebrated as popular morning show host Robin Roberts made her amazing return to ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday. Viewers, celebs, friends and colleagues welcomed her back in a series of promotional ads a few weeks before her return to the anchor seat she was force to vacate in August. Last year Roberts was diagnosed with a rare blood disease called myelodysplastic syndromes or M.D.S., most likely a complication from breast cancer treatments received a few years earlier.
Despite battling a life threatening illness, Roberts kept a positive attitude and kept in touch with not only her ‘GMA’ colleagues but also the viewers with regular updates. To think about what this amazing woman has gone through in just a few short years; two major illnesses plus the death of her mother just weeks before receiving a lifesaving bone marrow transplant from her sister, one wonders how Roberts is able to stay positive and even manage to smile let alone inspire a nation.
Roberts began her journey back to the anchor desk more than a month and half ago when her doctors gave her the green light to do test runs in the studio. For weeks Roberts would do practices runs to see how her body would react to the environment, lights and the other things she would encounter upon returning to work. While her immune system is still very delicate, instead of hugs and kisses from everyone so happy to see her back, cheering and fist bumps are the preferred methods of welcoming Roberts back to television.
“Good Morning America” with Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, with news by Josh Elliott, pop culture with Lara Spencer and weather by Sam Champion airs weekday mornings at 7 a.m. on WSB-TV in Atlanta, Comcast channels 3/803 and AT&T U-Verse channels 2/1002. Check your local listings for specific channel information in your area.