Ah, the power of Oprah…
Robin Roberts called in to “Good Morning America” Thursday to give her first live update on her health since her Sept. bone marrow transplant to treat a rare blood disorder.
And her fill-in guest co-host took the call — Oprah Winfrey.
“I am here. Good Morning, Oprah,” Roberts said, as her “GMA” pals cheered.
“It’s day 35. Thirty five days ago, I had my bone marrow transplant and it is a journey, my friend, and you have taught me. I am so incredibly blessed to be doing as well as I am. Some days I do feel like I am 35 days old, can’t keep my head off the pillow, but those days are becoming fewer and fewer,” Roberts said.
Roberts, 51, was released from the hospital earlier this month and continues her recovery from home, but she’s eager to get back behind the desk.
The ABC morning crew gathered around the sofa each wearing Roberts’ favorite froggy slippers in a show of solidarity.
“I can’t wait to come back. I want to be back on that couch with those froggy slippers,” Roberts said. “It’s just about understanding the moment. Why I am here now.”
Roberts, who’s been documenting her journey in an online journal for ABC News, again expressed how grateful she is for the outpouring of support from fans.
“I am so appreciative of the outpouring. Not just for me but for everyone, everyone that is facing a challenge,” Roberts said. “When I see you all this morning, I hope anybody who is facing any type of challenge, any type of mountain that’s in front of them, that this too shall pass.”
Oprah added: “I felt your presence when I walked into the studio. I am so happy to be here with your family.”
“You are here in spirit and we are so happy to have you call in this morning,” she said.