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Robin Roberts returns to 'Good Morning America' for test run

"Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts on set during a trial run as she prepares to return after extended medical leave. (Jan. 24, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

"Good Morning America" co-host Robin Roberts -- who underwent a bone-marrow transplant in September -- Thursday completed the first of several planned off-air test runs before her return to live TV.

"What a thrill to be back at 'GMA's' Times Square Studio this morning and see the best folks in the world, my 'GMA' family," Roberts said in an ABC News statement. "I can't wait to get back to the anchor chair in a few weeks."

Roberts, 51, followed what would be a typical day's schedule for her, rising at 3:45 a.m. and arriving at the studio at 5 a.m.

Her doctors approved the graduated process, in which the newscaster will observe how her body reacts to being in contact with numerous people and the studio environment. This was her first time back on the set since going on medical leave Aug. 30.

"Felt like the first day of school! First time back in GMA studio since last August," Roberts wrote on her Facebook page. "Great to be behind the scenes for a 'test drive.' Bright lights did not bother my sensitive skin or eyes. Seeing my work family again did wonders for my soul and spirit. Incredibly blessed and grateful. Onward and upward."

In September, Roberts, suffering from the rare blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome or MDS, underwent a five-minute procedure in which she was injected with donor cells from her older sister Sally-Ann Roberts, a news anchor at WWL-TV in New Orleans.

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