ABC News anchor Robin Roberts is in a hurry to get back in her anchor chair, even if returning to work so early puts her health at risk.
Roberts, 51, returned to the set of ‘Good Morning America’ on Thursday after undergoing a bone marrow transplant late last year. She completed an on-camera “test run” to determine how her fragile skin responds under the hot studio lighting.
“My skin is very sensitive and so we have to see how it reacts to the studio lights,” she said. “My vision is still a little blurry from the treatment. All of this is getting better day by day so that is the next step.”
Roberts was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) — a form of blood cancer similar to leukemia. The determined anchor expects to be back at work full-time in a few weeks.
Roberts, who lost her hair as a result of chemotherapy treatment, joked with her co-host Lara Spencer on the set. Roberts was supported by a skeleton crew of ABC staffers.
“My doctors want me to see how many people I actually come in contact with,” Roberts said. “How my body reacts to the stimulation, that’s code word for stress, of being in the studio environment.”
Roberts’ sister WWL-TV anchor Sally-Ann Roberts donated the bone marrow. Their mother, Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts, 88, passed away in August, one day after Roberts took a medical leave of absence to prepare for the bone marrow transplant.
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