Robin Roberts starts "Good Morning America" medical leave early

FILE - This Aug. 20, 2012 file photo released by ABC shows co-host Robin Roberts during a broadcast of "Good Morning America," in New York. Roberts has said goodbye to "Good Morning America," but only for a while. The "GMA" anchor made her final appearance Thursday, Aug. 30, before going on medical leave for a bone marrow transplant. Roberts' departure was first planned for Friday, but she chose to exit a day early to visit her ailing mother in Mississippi. In July she first disclosed that she has MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease. She will be hospitalized next week to prepare for the transplant. The donor will be her older sister, Sally-Ann Roberts, who was on hand for Thursday's emotional send-off. (AP Photo/ABC, Donna Svennevik, file) Donna Svennevik

Robin Roberts is shown during a broadcast of "Good Morning America" in New York on Aug. 20, 2012.
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(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - Robin Roberts is beginning her medical leave from ABC's "Good Morning America" a day earlier than she originally planned.

The "GMA" anchor made her final appearance Thursday before going on medical leave for a bone marrow transplant.

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Roberts' departure was first planned for Friday, but she told viewers she chose to exit a day early to visit her ailing mother in Mississippi.

In June, she first disclosed that she has MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease. She will be hospitalized next week to prepare for the transplant. The donor will be her older sister, Sally-Ann Roberts, who was on hand for Thursday's emotional send-off.

There's no timetable for when Roberts will be back at "GMA," but she promised she'll return "as soon as I can."

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