"I owe you big time," the GMA co-host says to viewers after her surgery

By Courtney Rubin
Updated August 07, 2007 07:40 AM

Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts says the success of her breast cancer surgery last Friday is thanks, in part, to her fans.

In a memo posted on ABCNews.com, Roberts writes: “I am incredibly grateful that my surgery went well Friday. Thanks for all the prayers – I owe you big time.”

The New York-based Roberts, 46, has been at home with family and friends since her surgery, which took place at an undisclosed hospital.

“I woke up in the recovery room with sweet Diane [Sawyer, Roberts’s TV co-host] gently tugging on my big toe,” Roberts writes. “As you can imagine, I am still quite sore from the procedure and need to take some time for my body to heal.”

Roberts’s ordeal began last month, when she discovered a lump during a routine self-examination. On July 31, she announced her condition on the air to GMA viewers.

In a shaky voice, she said, “I didn’t want you to hear it from anyone else … I have breast cancer.”

Roberts – who also said on the program that she felt “blessed” to find her cancer early – goes on to write in her memo that she was thankful that fans were taking action about their own health. “Yes!” she says. “Remember my eighth rule is early detection; it can save your life.”

Roberts says that the hundreds of e-mails she received brought “comfort” both to her and her family. “My big sis, Sally-Ann, marked all the survivor stories with a big S.”

What’s next for Roberts? “Right now the best medicine for me is to be at home surrounded by family and loved ones,” she writes. “I expect to get the final test results later this week, which will determine my course of treatment.”

Meanwhile, Roberts’s fans are also being heard. One, simply called June, wrote on ABC’s Web site: “Just know that thousands of your viewers have conducted overdue self-examinations and are demanding further examination outside of a routine mammogram. You are an inspiration.”

Added another called ih8mornings: “I selfishly hope to see you back on my TV soon.”