Well, almost. Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts announced today that she’ll return to the ABC program on Feb. 20 – coincidentally enough, five months to the day since her bone marrow transplant.
Roberts took a medical leave of absence from GMA late last summer to treat her myelodysplastic syndrome (or MDS), a rare blood disorder. She underwent a bone marrow transplant on Sept. 20, was released from the hospital Oct. 10, and – after one more hospital stay in November – began preparing for her return to the morning program with a series of “dry runs” last month.
“I’m excited to re-join my wonderful GMA family,” the anchor wrote in a personal letter on Good Morning America’s website. “I’m also looking forward to thanking YOU … for your many prayers and well wishes. Your compassion has been an enormous source of comfort to me and my family.”
GMA will count down to Roberts’s return with a series of segments about “other resilient men and women who are facing similar challenges with MDS and those she has inspired along the way,” according to the show’s website. Roberts will also be featured in a special edition of 20/20 on Friday, Feb. 22.
See GMA’s anchors – and a passel of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Hillary Clinton, and Denzel Washington – celebrating Robin’s imminent return in the clip below.