NEW YORK (AP) — Robin Roberts spent two days in the hospital fighting off an infection as part of her recuperation from a rare blood disease, and is off “Good Morning America” this week to rest.
The ABC News morning show host said she felt ill last week while on vacation and was told to return to New York and go to the hospital. She’s home now, and posted on Facebook on Thursday that she’s feeling much better.
Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant in September to treat MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease. She was off work for five months before returning to the top-rated network morning show on a part-time basis in February.
She’s generally worked three days a week, occasionally four. At the beginning of her return, ABC kept a potential fill-in on call at the studio in case she was feeling too ill to continue, the network said.
Roberts said doctors told her that her setback did not occur because she was working or doing too much.
“It’s extremely common, post-bone marrow transplant, to have complications,” she wrote. “I’m blessed that mine have not been severe.”
She said she planned to be back on the top-rated network morning show next week.
Roberts also wrote that her heart goes out to Boston residents.
“It saddens me that I haven’t been able to join my colleagues in covering this important story,” she said.
Celebrating Breast Cancer Survivors
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1. Richard Roundtree was diagnosed with a rare male breast cancer in '93 and underwent a double mastectomy at age 61.
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2. Wanda Sykes found out she had breast cancer when she went in for a breast reduction. She opted for a double mastectomy.
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3. Angelina Jolie tested positive for the breast cancer gene BRCA1 in 2014. As a result she had a double mastectomy.
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4. Robin Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and returned to work a month after surgery & chemo. (AP)
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5. Diahann Carroll was diagnosed in 1998 & 10 years later she had a bestselling comedic book about her battle with breast cancer.
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6. Sheryl Crow was diagnosed at age 44 in 2006 and credits early detection to her survival. (AP)
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7. Patti LaBelle was diagnosed in 2005 and is cancer-free today. (Photo: AP)
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8. Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 at age 37 and is now cancer free after chemo. (Photo:AP)
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9. Hoda Kotb was diagnosed in 2006 and underwent a mastectomy & reconstructive surgery. She is now cancer-free. (AP)
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10. Fashion designer Betsy Johnson was diagnosed in 2002 is now cancer-free. (Photo: AP)
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11. Giuliana Rancic was diagnosed at age 36 and underwent a double mastectomy. (Photo: AP)
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12. Rene Syler chose to have a preventive mastectomy due to carrying the breast cancer gene. She is cancer-free today and happy.
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13. Christina Applegate underwent a double mastectomy and is now cancer-free and working harder than ever. (AP)
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14. Poet and author Nikki Giovani battled and conqured both lung and breast cancer.
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15. Melissa Ethridge was diagnosed in 2004 at age 43. She performed at the 2005 Grammy Awards bald, beautiful & cancer-free.
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16. Retired WNBA player Edna Campbell is a breast cancer survivor and penned a Breast Cancer Recovery Manual. (AP)
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17. Cynthia Nixon of Sex & the City fame was diagnosed in 2006. She had a lumpectomy and radiation and is now cancer-free.
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18. Peter Criss The ex-KISS drummer who penned the power ballad “Beth” is one the few faces of male breast cancer & survivor. PR
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19. Actress, director and Oscar-winner Kathy Bates recently revealed she had a double mastectomy and is doing great. PR
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20. Singer, novelist, actress & model Marsha Hunt was diagnosed with Breast cancer in 2004 and is now cancer free. (Pinterest)
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21. Oklahoma state Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre is a survivor and a tireless advocate for breast cancer research. (Flickr)
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22. Nancy Brinker founder of the Susan G Komen for the Cure Foundation is also a breast cancer survivor. (AP)
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