Next week, she will go through a dry run: arriving at the studio and getting into makeup as if she were about to do the show, but stopping short of actually going on camera. It will be a test to see how her body reacts to the stress of being back in the studio environment, she said, adding that she will even need to re-accustom her skin to the studio lights.
After the dry run, Roberts and her doctors will evaluate her status to further pinpoint a return date.
“We’re going to take it step by step,” she said.
“We have to take a step back and really respect Robin Roberts for having the courage to talk about her treatments and going back to work,” Dr. Mikkael Sekeres, director of the Leukemia Program at Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Institute in Ohio, said to CBSNews.com.
Sekeres suggested starting out part-time and taking it slow to ease back into a normal routine. Patients should also be prepared that people will ask a lot of questions. They may not be trying to pry into your business but are interested in concerned in your well-being, he noted. Make sure bosses and other co-workers are aware that even though you are in remission or received treatment, that you may still need medication or visits to the doctor.