The news that Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts was taking a medical leave to undergo treatment for the rare blood and bone marrow disorder, myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) was definitely a sad one. But this morning, during her last day on the job for a while, her co-workers made sure they said goodbye on a positive note.
Robin was originally planning on taking her leave after Friday’s show, but left early to be by her sick mother’s side in Mississippi during Hurricane Issac. Her early departure didn’t stop her co-hosts from showering her with love and gifts during this morning’s show.
“I know the journey ahead will not be easy, but I’m going to focus on all these gifts,” Robin said with gifts like a scrapbook of hand-written messages surrounding her. “Forty percent of Americans can’t even take a sick day, and here I know that I’m going to have a job when I come back.”
The news anchor was diagnosed with MDS after complications from treatment for breast cancer, which she fought five years ago.
We wish her all the best and will be thinking of her during her time of recovery.