Robin Roberts returns home from hospital following bone marrow transplant
Robin Roberts has returned home from the hospital, following a bone marrow transplant she received with stem cells from her sister last month.
"There's no place like home. After 30 days in the hospital I'm home," Roberts Tweeted on October 11. "Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Thank YOU and bless YOU."
The 51-year-old "Good Morning America" anchor was being treated for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a rare blood and bone marrow disorder. Roberts revealed her ailment in June, saying it was caused in part by treatments she had undergone for breast cancer five years ago. Her older sister, Sally-Ann, was her bone marrow donor.
Roberts went on medical leave a day early than she had initially planned in late August in order to visit her ailing mother, Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts. Lucimarian died on August 30 at the age of 88 and Robin Roberts made it back just in time to see her mother.
In the recent blog post, Roberts detailed her difficulties with chemotherapy and how her co-workers' visit helped lift her spirits.
"Today is what I like to call 'Thankful Thursday, aka Friday Eve,'" Roberts wrote in a post on October 4. "I have been in the hospital 25 days now. My bone marrow transplant took place exactly two weeks ago. The only numbers that matter are my blood counts and they are... GREAT! My sister Sally-Ann's stem cells apparently feel right at home in my body -- an answer to so many prayers."
"My doctors and rock star nurses are very pleased with my progress and I could not be more thankful for the excellent care I am receiving," she added. "I have had some extremely painful days and it's still difficult for me to eat because of all the chemo."
Roberts also mentioned a visit she had with fellow "Good Morning America" co-workers Josh Elliott and Sam Champion, which can be seen in the photo above, as well as an upcoming visit from a childhood pastor.
"I continue to learn so much on this journey, especially when it comes to true friendship and love. My friends near and far -- like Sam and Josh who came to visit yesterday -- have been lifting my spirits," Roberts wrote. "My childhood pastor (who delivered Momma's eulogy) is coming from down South to see me tomorrow. I am hopeful that I MAY be well enough to continue my recovery at home next week and my sisters plan to come back to NYC for that milestone in my journey."
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