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Robin Roberts returns to 'Good Morning America' anchor chair

Monday, January 14, 2013
Robin Roberts returned to the Good Morning America anchor chair after a five month-long medical leave Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013.

Robin Roberts returned to the 'Good Morning America' anchor chair after a five month-long medical leave Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. (ABC Photo)

Robin Roberts returned to the "Good Morning America" anchor chair after a five month-long medical leave Wednesday due to a treatment for a rare blood disorder.

Five months after she underwent a bone marrow transplant, the 52-year-old journalist reclaimed her co-anchor chair at the "GMA" Times Square studios to applause from the crew and audience. She even received greetings from the ABC family, from celebrities and from the White House. President Obama said: "Good morning, America, and welcome back, Robin!"

Robin's return comes five months to the day after she underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat a rare blood disorder called myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Her sister Sally-Ann was her bone marrow donor. The five-minute transplant procedure aired on "Good Morning America" in September.

Although Robin has made excellent progress, she is not out of the woods just yet. That's why she is working with her medical team to make sure her recovery stays on track.

"I keep pinching myself," said Roberts. "And I realize that this is real, this is actually happening. And I don't have my froggy slippers on. Or do I?"

Robin's doctors say the "GMA" star is still at risk for infection and exhaustion, though there was no evidence of that on her first morning back.

She will work her way back to being on the air five days a week.

Robin will also share her personal journey in a special edition of "20/20" on Friday, February 22, at 10 p.m. Eastern Time.

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