Robin Roberts to start medical leave next week

This Dec. 8, 2011 file photo shows ABC News personality Robin Roberts arriving to the opening night performance of the Broadway play "Stick Fly", in New York. On Monday, June 11, 2012, Roberts announced on "Good Morning America" that she has been diagnosed with MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the blood and bone marrow and was once known as preleukemia. She will start pre-treatment chemotherapy in advance of a bone marrow transplant later this year. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)

August 27, 2012 12:19:35 PM PDT
Robin Roberts says Friday will be her last day co-anchoring "Good Morning America" for a while.

On Monday's edition of the ABC News wakeup program, Roberts made official the start date for what's being called her "extended medical leave."

Roberts told viewers in July that she has MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease once known as preleukemia.

She says she will be hospitalized next week to prepare for the bone marrow transplant that will take place about 10 days after that.

But looking further ahead, Roberts noted she is luckier than many workers who become ill. She says her bosses have been generous in giving her the needed time off, and her job is waiting for her when she's well enough to return. She described herself as "very blessed."


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