Robin Roberts talks to fans from her hospital room before her bone marrow transplant on September 20. (Courtesy: ABC News via USA TODAY)
Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY
"There's no place like home," Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts tweeted this morning. "After 30 days in the hospital I'm home. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Thank YOU and bless YOU. XO"
Roberts went home Wednesday afternoon, welling up as she saw the sky and felt the fresh air, as shown in a video on GMA this morning. Roberts writes on her GMA blog that her battle with rare blood disorder, myelodysplastic syndrome or MDS, isn't over yet.
"Far from it," she notes.
"I am considered 21 days old. That's how long it has been since my transplant. Remember when you brought your baby home for the first time? Your precious bundle didn't leave the house much and you were careful that anyone who came in contact with your child was healthy.
"So I will still be resting away from GMA until I'm given the all clear, but sleeping in my own bed again feels like a big victory. My doctors will be monitoring me closely and I will still be at the hospital regularly to make sure we're on the right track. I cannot thank my amazing medical team enough. I have a great deal of respect and admiration for how they treat all their patients with such passion and compassion."
Roberts' doctor, Gail Roboz, said on the air this morning that it has not been an easy journey for the TV star.
"There were very hard days, and a lot of unpleasantness," Roboz said, adding that the days ahead are important. "She's got to get her hair back, get her strength back, rebuild in every sense."
Roboz said Roberts will have to wear masks and gloves to protect her fragile immune system. "The bugs of the world are the terrorists." Roboz also said Roberts' first bone marrow biopsy, "coming up soon," will give an even better idea of how she's doing.