It looks like Good Morning America fans will be waking up without their favorite co-host Robin Roberts for a brief period next month. The 51-year-old broadcaster will be taking some time off at the end of August from her routine post on the morning show to undergo a bone marrow transplant that will help treat the blood and bone marrow disease, Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), that she was diagnosed with earlier this year.
“It’s fascinating-slash-scary how to prepare yourself for something like this,” Roberts said during a press conference for the Television Critics Association on Thursday, according to the Associated Press. She also admitted that she has been experiencing “moments of fatigue.”
But at least Roberts, who also beat breast cancer in 2007, has GMA’s recent gains on the Today show to help keep her spirit up. “The run that we’ve had has truly energized me,” she said. “It’s pretty good medicine, I gotta say, to be taking!”
And Roberts has some “wonderful, wonderful friends” by her side that will help fill in while she is trying to get better. Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, and maybe even Kelly Ripa will be subbing for Roberts during her absence.