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Robin Roberts 'GMA' Return: Feb. 20

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By Emma Koonse, Christian Post Reporter
February 7, 2013|12:37 pm

Robert Roberts has confirmed that her official return to "Good Morning America" will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

The beloved co-anchor will resume her usual place on the morning talk show following her diagnosis and treatments for myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood disorder. Roberts began her medical leave of absence last summer and underwent a bone marrow transplant in September, but is ready to get back to work.

"I'm excited to re-join my wonderful 'GMA' family," the 51-year-old penned in a personal letter posted to the website for "Good Morning America."

"I'm also looking forward to thanking YOU… for your many prayers and well wishes," added Roberts. "Your compassion has been an enormous source of comfort to me and my family."

ABC's star co-host received floods of messages from friends and family following her MDS diagnosis. Roberts is also a breast cancer survivor.

Directly following her announcement about the disease, Roberts gratefully thanked everyone for their well wishes, noting how much they meant to her.

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"I slept like a baby last night for the first night since my diagnosis," Roberts said in June on "GMA." "My family and I are overwhelmed and comforted by the response from everyone."

During Roberts' return to "GMA," the television show will also feature "other resilient men and women who are facing similar challenges with MDS and those she has inspired along the way," GMA's website indicated.

Furthermore, Roberts will appear on a special episode of "20/20" on Friday, Feb. 22, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Roberts' recovery from the blood disorder, also known as pre-leukemia, was not without hardship. The television personality lost her mother, Lucimarian, and suffered a close call after coming down with a virus that landed her back in the hospital.

Always remaining positive, Roberts shared a proverb that helped her through the tough times.

"I am fond of saying, 'This Too Shall Pass,'" the news anchor blogged. "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."

 
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