It is one of those high intensity, hold back all emotions kind of moments.
On a Thursday airing of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” longtime host Robin Roberts announced that she would be leaving the show a day earlier than she had originally planned. Roberts will seek out treatment for her MDS diagnosis.
On the morning show, the host announced her premature departure and explained her reasoning behind the decision.
"I had planned to let tomorrow be the last day,” she said. “And then some things happened at home and I want to take care of that before I begin my treatment next week."
According to ABC news, the troubles at home are related to her ailing mother, Lucimarian, who lives in a part of the country affected by Hurricane Isaac. Roberts will fly to Mississippi to be with her mother.
As scheduled, the host will begin the final preparations next week before receiving a bone marrow transplant.
Later on in the show, a doctor is expected to explain Roberts’ condition and what exactly the procedure entails. She will also receive a special gift: A performance from country star Martina McBride of her hit single “I’m Gonna Love You Through It.”
Roberts explained her appreciation for being able to take the time she needed in order to heal.
“I'm having to move up my schedule," Roberts said. "I am very blessed … Forty percent of Americans can't even take a sick day, and here I know that I'm going to have a job when I come back."
Already a breast cancer survivor, Roberts’ departure is expected to be a brief leave, where the host will return to “GMA” after she recovers. No official return date has been announced when she is expected back.