The ‘GMA’ anchor starts her first show back after her medical leave.

Robin Roberts returned to the “Good Morning America” anchor desk this morning, five months to the day since she underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat myelodysplastic syndrome or MDS, a rare blood disorder.

“I keep pinching myself and I realize that this is real.  This is really happening,” Roberts, 52, said. “Faith, family and friends have brought me to this moment and I am so full of gratitude.”

There’s so many people that I want to thank throughout the morning, my doctors and nurses and family and colleagues and people who have sat in this chair and those who have blazed the trail before me,” Roberts said.

“As my mother said, ‘We all have something,'” she said.  “Everyone’s story has purpose and meaning and value and I share this morning, this day of celebration, with everyone.”

Roberts’ return to the show’s Times Square studio alongside her co-anchors George Stephanopoulos,Josh Elliott, Lara Spencer and Sam Champion, was a moment she had visualized during her recovery.

“It’s something like this,” she told them in a candid conversation.  “Looking into Sam’s blue eyes. …I love how we’re sitting, how we would be sitting. …But I know when I sit back down, right in this chair, and I look over and I see you and I see you and I see you and I see you, it’s gonna be, all is right in the world. And it’s gonna seem like no time has passed at all.”

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