After surving a bout with breast cancer in 2007, Robin Roberts is not feeling to well. She was recently diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS a blood and bone-marrow disease. In order to take care of herself she decided to take her vacation earlier than plan. She made the announcement during the show.
“Well a full disclosure here, I’m not feeling too well,” Roberts said at 8:08 a.m. “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.”
Appearing upbeat and energetic, she joked with colleague Josh Elliott, and even made fun of herself for have a little trouble pronouncing a word. “I can’t talk on this side of my mouth,” she confessed.
Roberts was suffering for a sore jaw as a result of a treatment of MDS.
“We’re going to miss you, but we do appreciate the Jimmy Cagney impersonation before you leave,” Elliott joked back. Both then did their best impersonations of the actor, and Roberts did not stay for the rest of second hour of the show.
Weather anchor Sam Champion wrapped up the segment with, “Our Robin Roberts, we love you. Get a little rest. Take a week off, take two, then come back.”
Roberts is expected to return to work mid-August and leave again for a bone-marrow transplant.
Let us pray for a speedy recovery for Robin. Keep her in your prayers.