Robin Roberts Returns to "Good Morning America"

She was back as co-host five months after undergoing a blood marrow transfusion

By Sam Schulz
|  Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013  |  Updated 7:51 AM EDT
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Robin Roberts Returns to "Good Morning America"

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Robin Roberts was back on the job at the "Good Morning America" anchor desk on Wednesday, five months to the day since her bone marrow transplant to treat a rare blood disorder.

Robin Roberts was back on "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, notching a major milestone in her recovery from a rare blood disorder.

"I have been waiting 174 days to say this: 'Good morning, America,'" she said.

Roberts appeared at the desk beside her co-host George Stephanopoulos with short hair and a broad smile — and to warm welcomes from her on-air cohorts and others.

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle shared a welcome-back, too.

"We've been thinking about you and praying for you and rooting for you every step of the way," the first lady said.

It has been five months to the day since Roberts underwent a blood marrow transfusion to treat her myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), with which she was diagnosed last year and which has been blamed on her breast cancer treatment five years earlier.

"I keep pinching myself and I realize this is real," Roberts said Wednesday. "Faith, family and friends have brought me to this moment, and I am so full of gratitude."

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