Everybody's Got Something [NOOK Book]

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"Regardless of how much money you have, your race, where you live, what religion you follow, you are going through something. Or you already have or you will. As momma always said, "Everybody's got something."

So begins beloved Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts's new memoir in which she recounts the incredible journey that's been her life so far, and the lessons she's learned along the way. With grace, heart, and humor, she writes ...
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Overview

"Regardless of how much money you have, your race, where you live, what religion you follow, you are going through something. Or you already have or you will. As momma always said, "Everybody's got something."

So begins beloved Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts's new memoir in which she recounts the incredible journey that's been her life so far, and the lessons she's learned along the way. With grace, heart, and humor, she writes about overcoming breast cancer only to learn five years later that she will need a bone marrow transplant to combat a rare blood disorder, the grief and heartbreak she suffered when her mother passed away, her triumphant return to GMA after her medical leave, and the tremendous support and love of her family and friends that saw her through her difficult times.

Following her mother's advice to "make your mess your message," Robin taught a nation of viewers that while it is true that we've all got something -- a medical crisis to face, aging parents to care for, heartbreak in all its many forms --- we've also all got something to give: hope, encouragement, a life-saving transplant or a spirit-saving embrace. As Robin has learned, and what readers of her remarkable story will come to believe as well, it's all about faith, family and friends. And finding out that you are stronger, much stronger, than you think.
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As a sports broadcaster and Good Morning America anchor, Robin Roberts has been in the public eye for more than thirty years. She has covered the devastation of Hurricane Katrina on her hometown; interviewed Miley Cyrus as a guest star on Hannah Montana; and been inducted in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame; but perhaps nothing she did touched the public more than the candor she displayed when speaking about her mother's death and her own rare blood disorder. In a sense, her late mother presides over this book, one of her habitual comments serving as its title. As always, Roberts' reflections on her experiences are never exercises in self-pity; rather, they serve as examples of problems that we all have.

Publishers Weekly
04/28/2014
In this soulful memoir, the host of Good Morning America recounts her recent struggle with illness and path to recovery. The book begins in 2012, when Roberts was first diagnosed with MDS (a disease sometimes referred to as pre-leukemia), and traces step-by-step her experiences through the treatment that included a bone marrow transplant from her sister, Sally-Ann, all the way to her triumphant return to morning television. Fortunately, Roberts recovers from the risky and often excruciating process with support from family and many friends, including colleagues Diane Sawyer and Dr. Richard Besser. The author's beloved mother, who passed away right before Roberts was admitted to the hospital, is the driving force in this story of resilience; even the title is inspired by something her mother used to say. Roberts contemplates the experience with a mix of gravity, courage and humor, saying, "I traveled so far on a combination of faith and science." She offers readers a deeply intimate and endearing glimpse into the human side of battling illness. (Apr.)
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"Following her mother's time-honored advice to "make your mess your message," Roberts offers an inspiring memoir of her life, from her home base in Mississippi to her home in New York and the glamorous though grueling life of a television reporter...With the infectious personality for which she's known, Roberts details the support of family and friends and the people she's met in her life and career who've inspired her by overcoming their own challenges with the "something" that everybody inevitably faces."

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2014-03-18
With the assistance of Chambers (co-author; Yes, Chef, 2012, etc.), broadcaster Roberts (From the Heart: Eight Rules to Live By, 2008) chronicles her struggles with myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare condition that affects blood and bone marrow. The author is a well-known newscaster, formerly on SportsCenter and now one of the anchors of Good Morning America. In 2007, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which she successfully fought with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Five years later, after returning from her news assignment covering the 2012 Academy Awards, she learned that chemotherapy had resulted in her developing MDS, which led to an acute form of leukemia. Without a bone marrow transplant, her projected life expectancy was two years. While Roberts searched for a compatible donor and prepared for the transplant, her aging mother's health also began to gravely deteriorate. Roberts faced her misfortune with an athlete's mentality, showing strength against both her disease and the loss of her mother. This is reflected in her narration, which rarely veers toward melodrama or self-pity. Even in the chapters describing the transplantion process and its immediate aftermath, which make for the most intimate parts of the book, Roberts maintains her positivity. However, despite the author's best efforts to communicate the challenges of her experience and inspire empathy, readers are constantly reminded of her celebrity status and, as a result, are always kept at arm's length. The sections involving Roberts' family partly counter this problem, since it is in these scenes that she becomes any daughter, any sister, any lover, struggling with a life-threatening disease. "[I]f there's one thing that spending a year fighting for your life against a rare and insidious…disease will teach you," she writes, "it's that time is not to be wasted." At-times inspirational memoir about a journalist's battle with a grave disease she had to face while also dealing with her mother's passing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455578436
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/22/2014
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 2,278
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Robin Roberts
Robin Roberts is the anchor of ABC's morning show Good Morning America.

Veronica Chambers is a prolific author, best known for her critically acclaimed memoir, Mama's Girl which has been course adopted by hundreds of high schools and colleges throughout the country. Her other non-fiction books include Kickboxing Geisha's: How Japanese Women Are Changing Their Nation and The Joy of Doing Things Badly: A Girl's Guide to Love, Life and Foolish Bravery. She has also written more than a dozen books for children and spent two seasons as an executive story editor for CW's hist series, Girlfriends. A graduate of Simon's Rock College at Bard, she lives with her husband and daughter in Hoboken, New Jersey.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

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    Last night, I was fortunate enough to be at Barnes and Nobles as

    Last night, I was fortunate enough to be at Barnes and Nobles as the lovely lady who works there was putting out copies of this book and I got my copy. I put the book on my night stand and went to bed. When I woke up at two this morning to deal with my daughter who is sick, I picked the book up to read as I sat by her bedside. By morning, I was in tears. Never in my life have I read a book with so much hope and promise. Roberts never once invited me as the reader to a pity party. She has never played the victim. She never once asks you as the reader to feel sorry for her over her battle with breast cancer. the blood disorder or losing her mother. If anything, I felt more connected to her message of making what everyone else would see as a mess, my message. I feel inspired. So this morning, after I kissed my daughter, I also called my mother and thanked her. I can't begin to tell you how much Robin's mother's words come through in this book and how much I appreciate what having a strong, loving and caring mother can do for one's upbringing. I loved her letter to her mother. You can't put a limit on gratitude, she reminds us and Robin, nor her mother, never did. This book is a must have and will make a great gift for any woman in time for Mother's Day. Thank you to Ms. Linda for allowing me to get my copy a little earlier than everyone else. 

    30 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

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    Everybody¿s Got Something is a brave and emotional memoir by Goo

    Everybody’s Got Something is a brave and emotional memoir by Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts. The stories are engaging and emotional. The writing is clear and easy to follow. Roberts has faced hurdles ranging from breast cancer to a rare blood disorder. Roberts never loses her sense of humor and shows incredible heart in her writings.

    21 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2014

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    This is a beautifully told story filled with life, humor, heartf

    This is a beautifully told story filled with life, humor, heartfelt emotions, and clever wit. It is a very inspiring story. Robin Roberts is a hero for taking such an amazing journey with her life and never letting the negatives get her down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2014

    Intimate insight by a strong woman on her struggles turned into

    Intimate insight by a strong woman on her struggles turned into inspiration.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2014

    Wonderful Book

    I absolutely loved this book! I had admired Robin Roberts before for her talent as a morning show anchor. But now, after reading this, what an amazing person she is. A definate must read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    Highly recommended-a must read.

    A beautiful and truthful account of Robin's treatment, and I say truthful as I experienced very similar treatment as a caregiver to my husband going through his clinical trial for Multiple Myeloma. Having Amber's input also put so many things in propective that I wasn't able to realize 14 yrs. ago, but know I would do it all over again. It's not always the cancer that causes death as happened with my sweet husband. Not having an immune system to fight off infections is lethal. God bless Robin and Amber and may they enjoy many years together.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    Left foot, right foot, breath

    My take away from this book was "left foot, right foot, breath." I admire Robin's strength and her friendships. I encourage anyone to read this piece and it will give you strength to overcome whatever your challenges are and to be thankful in the midst.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    Quick read

    My book club read this. Robin is a very strong woman. Liked her before I read the book, love and admire her now. She had a remarkable momma.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2014

    Excellent !!!!

    I WAS EXCITED TO READ ABOUT ROBIN'S LIFE. ALWAYS ENJOY READING ABOUT PEOPLE SO IT WAS WELL WORTH IT.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2014

    Very touching

    I don't normally read bio type books but I love Robin Roberts. It was very moving going through her illness with her on a stage basis. It actually brought tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat as I got emotionally involved. If this is the type of book you can enjoy reading about someone's struggle with cancer it deserves 5 stars. Loved it!!
    It explained her cancer from day one starting with her breast cancer and all the treatments and heart aches she and her family went through to get her to where she is today. It opened my eyes to the fact cancer is always lurking and everyone has to be diligent in their own health care. They need to question their doctors if they don't feel right. Get second and third opinions to confirm what they have been told. I know because I have a family with many cancers including my husband. Robin was very lucky because she has such great connections within the medial field. Not everyone has that!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    Interesting read.

    Robin tells her story in a down to earth way. She is loved and adored by so many people as a result of her efforts to show friendship, kindness, and compassion to everyone she encounters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Such an inspiration

    Good to read by anyone that is going through any life struggle.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2014

    love the book, could not stop reading

    love the book, could not stop reading

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    Firework

    She picks up the building with her magic ((who is jhony? :/

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    X

    I actually do better that move it *shoots the building with his arm cannon leaving jhony unharmed*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    Dawn

    I need help moving this building.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Good read

    Amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    I could not put this book. I usually don't write reviews but I

    I could not put this book. I usually don't write reviews but I was so moved by this book. I am always impressed by people like her
    I am so glad
    that she is well now and that she has her mom and dad looking down on her and I am sure that they approve. Her mother was a very inspirational person in Robin's life and I am sure her dad was also. Everyone should read this book.

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    Very inspiring!

    Robin is wonderful to watch on GMA, but reading this let's you know how strong she really is. And it could help someone else going thru the battle with cancer. It would be a good book for any care giver too because we don't always realize what they are going thru too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Very good read

    I loved this book---a wonderful account of Robin's journey through her transplant surgery and recovery---plus stories of her life.

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