NEW YORK – Robin Roberts’ grueling road to recovery will be bringing her back to the Good Morning America anchor desk soon.
Appearing from her home on Monday’s show, Roberts wore a broad smile as she announced that her most recent bone marrow test showed no sign of the life-threatening disease that has kept her off the air for months.
That means she can begin the process of returning to the anchor chair, she said, emphasizing she needs to go through a process of re-entry.
She said she hopes to be back in weeks, not months, perhaps as soon as February.
Pressed for details by her co-anchor, George Stephanopoulos, Roberts likened her return to an athlete getting back on the field after an injury.
They don’t go right back into the starting lineup. They go to practice, they throw the ball, and see how their body reacts, she explained.
One preliminary step: I got up at 4 a.m. this morning, she said proudly. I’ve got to get back on GMA’ time.
Next week, she will go through a dry run: arriving at the studio and getting into makeup as if she were about to do the show. It will be a test to see how her body reacts to the stress of being back in the studio environment, she said, adding that she will even need to get her skin re-accustomed to the studio lights.
After the dry run, Roberts and her doctors will evaluate her status to further pinpoint a return date.
We’re going to take it step by step, she said.