Robin Roberts announced she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome back in June, but assured fans that she was well enough to continue her anchor duties on “Good Morning America”. However, the bone-marrow disease left her feeling exhausted and led to her taking a brief medical leave, which left friends and fans concerned.
“Well a full disclosure here, I’m not feeling too well,” Roberts, 51, said. “In fact, I’m going to leave, and let you all do the rest of the program on your own. I’m going to take a little time off, just to get some vacay. I’ll see you in a couple of weeks.”
She decided to take a trip to Italy, where she toured the Vatican and celebrated a friend’s birthday. She was even allowed to have her chemotherapy catheter removed for the trip.
“All I’m thinking about now is Italy. As a going away present my doctor surprised me and removed my PICC line today from my arm…sweet freedom!” she wrote on the show’s Facebook page. “Thank you again for the prayers and well wishes…means more to me than you could possibly ever know.”
Roberts returned to the show yesterday, however, and said she’s rested and ready for whatever life–and her job–might throw her way.
“My needle was past ‘E’ when I left here a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve got a full tank, so watch out,” Roberts said. “I haven’t taken this much time off in quite some time.”