After fighting both breast cancer and a rare blood disease, Robin Roberts returned to her post on Good Morning America this morning healthier than ever.
After announcing her impending return two weeks ago, Roberts took her seat exactly five months since undergoing a bone marrow transplant to treat myelodysplastic syndrome, wearing a stunning turquoise dress and closely cropped hair.
“Hi, it’s Robin, and I’ve been waiting 174 days to say this: Good morning, America!” she told viewers. “I am so full of gratitude. I share this morning, this day of celebration, with everyone.”
“I keep pinching myself and I realize this is real,” she said. “This is actually happening, and I don’t have my froggy slippers on, or do I?”
Roberts’ return was feted by luminaries like Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton and Bradley Cooper — and even the Obamas got in on the action, sending Roberts a congratulatory video message.
“We just want you to know that the whole Obama family — we’ve been thinking about you and praying for you and rooting for you every step of the way,” said first lady Michelle Obama.
“You’ve been an inspiration to all of us and we couldn’t be happier doing what you do best,” added President Obama. “Robin, it’s great to see you back in that chair and we’re all excited to start our morning with you once again.”
Roberts’ recovery has been documented by the show during the past five months, and she said the support of viewers was incredibly helpful through her fight.
“Our viewers, they have been so incredibly wonderful and I appreciate that,” she said. “When I was at home watching with my froggy slippers, and I saw those people out there, it was just wonderful.”