NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) - Robin Roberts is back hosting Good Morning America while her sister Sally-Ann Roberts continues to bring New Orleans the morning news at WWL. It's a unique bond for two sisters who already share so much. Now they have an even tighter bond. Sally-Ann donated the bone marrow Robin needed.
"It was a miracle that we were a match," Sally-Ann told WLOX News. "When you realize 70 percent of people cannot find a match in their own family. I'm just so thankful for every step Robin has taken toward recovery and I don't take it for granted."
Robin's family, friends, and the nation have rallied around her during her battle with a life threatening bone marrow disorder. Her sisters were there when she left Good Morning America six months ago for her treatment and recovery, and they were there when she returned last Wednesday cheering her on. That support has been extremely important to Robin, who says, "What a wonderful blessing it is to have family and extended family here to get us through."
And while it was a grueling recovery process for Robin, she's not exactly easing her way back into her routine. In addition to returning to GMA, she interviewed the first lady on Friday, and then boarded a plane for Los Angeles to host the Red Carpet portion of the Oscars.
Sally-Ann said getting back to work is a critical part of Robin's second phase of recovery.
"I think Robin finds healing in going back to work. That's where she can go to get back into the rhythm of life."
Robin's doctors say her ambitious schedule isn't the gradual return they envisioned, but they don't mind her trying. Still, Sally-Ann said they are keeping a close watch; and Robin knows her limits.
"I think she knows how far she can go and when she needs to rest, and she's going to listen to her body." She added that Robin "feels great, her numbers are great, and that's what her doctors are continuing to follow."
But Robin's comeback wouldn't have been possible without Sally-Ann's bone marrow donation, and she wants people to know how easy it was for her to be the donor.
"It was a piece of cake for me. They put me under, and put a port in my chest, and I sat there and felt absolutely nothing."
As the world continues to follow Robin's progress, Sally-Ann hopes more people will sign up to become donors.
"There are people out there searching for a donor and can't find one. And if we get people signed up for the registry, more lives will be saved."