Robin Roberts Breaks Down: ‘I Didn’t Know If I Could’ Return To ‘GMA’

Thu, February 21, 2013 2:41pm EST by 2 Comments

It’s been quite the emotional journey for ‘Good Morning America’ host Robin Roberts. On Thursday, Feb. 21, she sat down with the ladies of ‘The View,’ where she got choked up about the fears she had throughout her fight with cancer and MDS.

She already fought off breast cancer, so when Robin Roberts was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a disease of the blood and bone marrow, she put on a brave face and fought back. Just 174 days after her bone marrow transplant, she returned to Good Morning America, showing she was healthy. Sitting down with The View on Thursday Feb. 21, she revealed that she had fears about the possibility of not being able to return to her TV home.

Robin first took time to explain to the women of The View how she prepared to come back, and what her plans were. Whoopi Goldberg then asked the ABC host if there was ever a time she thought she may not be able to return to that chair she loves so much. This, is what moved Robin to tears.

After a pause, and a moment of closing her eyes and composing herself, she told Whoopi and the ladies, “I didn’t know if I could come back.”

She explained that she worked really hard, and began getting into the schedule of waking up before 4AM to get her body ready.

“Not that I wouldn’t want to, but I didn’t know if I could — if it was something that was going to be possible,” she said of her return.

Luckily for us, it was possible and she’s now back at the desk, where she belongs. She admits that she will be taking it slow, though. For example, she’s interviewing Michelle Obama on Feb. 22, in the afternoon, then flying to Los Angeles to do Oscar coverage. So, to rest before her crazy weekend, she will not be on GMA tomorrow morning.

We are so happy to see Robin healthy and back on our TVs in the AM. Robin will be on ABC’s 20/20 on Friday, Feb. 22 for a look inside her emotional journey — one that the network wanted to air before her return, but she asked they wait so she could show the world she was doing great.

– Emily Longeretta

More Robin Roberts News:

  1. Robin Roberts Returns To GMA: Obamas Call Her ‘An Inspiration’
  2. Robin Roberts: How She Stayed Strong During Her Treatment
  3. Robin Roberts: ‘I Felt Like I Was Dying’ After Bone Marrow Transplant

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Roxann Hintz

Posted at 1:56 AM on March 5, 2013  

I am a bone marrow failure patient. I am 59 yrs. old and was diagnosed on Jan. 5, 2011 at UCSF. The Dr. there handed me a book and said read page 5. I got the 800# for information & now I am a patient at Stanford & Dublin Epic care cancer center. I have had procrit shots, epo shots, and started Vidaza (subcantankus). Now I just received a power port and I am wishing there is someone out there to find a cure or help and knowing more what can be done to keep it in remission or cure it. I was blood transfusion dependent, had 22 blood transfusions at start. Please if you have any thing you could tell me where maybe there is more help. I trully would like to find the right people to direct me in the right direction to give some hope on this MDS. Took about 37 doctors later to find the MDS , would just like to know how can you get through this with a strong sense you can make it. Doctors don’t seem to know enough about it. Please help put me in the right direction. Would love to be back like my old self! Sincerely, Roxann

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Posted at 4:07 AM on February 22, 2013  

lady have been down the same road like me you are a fighter. have been cancer free for over ten years. keep on fighting and well come back

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