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Said Roberts, “I am determined not to miss that meaning.”

As the program neared its end, the entire “GMA” crew gathered around the anchors’ couch, displaying bracelets of support and bearing signs that promoted the “teamrobin” Twitter account.

Then Roberts‘ friend, country star Martina McBride, performed her Grammy-nominated song “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” an inspirational song about battling breast cancer. Looking on, Roberts mouthed the lyrics as her eyes welled with tears.

During the morning, the word “journey” had been mentioned repeatedly and “goodbye” was said in many ways.

“I take you with me in my heart,” said Roberts at one point, addressing the full “GMA” staff. But wanting there to be no mistake, she added: “I WILL be back, just so you know.”

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