Everybody's Got Something

Everybody's Got Something

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by Robin Roberts
     
 

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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,

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

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.)
Kirkus Reviews
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.
From the Publisher
"Delivered with candor and optimism, Everybody's Got Something is a remarkable book that offers a blueprint for handling crises with grace and faith."

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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 theirown challenges with the "something" that everybody inevitably faces."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455578450
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
04/22/2014
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
249,278
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

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 More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intimate insight by a strong woman on her struggles turned into inspiration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an insparational book, it was like Robin was sitting in my living room telling her story, excellant must read, thank you Robin for sharing your journy withus, God has blessed you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good to read by anyone that is going through any life struggle.
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love the book, could not stop reading
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ScotlandisLove More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book---a wonderful account of Robin's journey through her transplant surgery and recovery---plus stories of her life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will fall in love with this tale of triumph and hope. So glad to have read this book :)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm so thankful to read this book! Robin Roberts has helped me to break down the barriers in so many facets of my life. From the fog of my mother's transition to Heaven in 2009, to celebrating the courage of my brother that graciously donated her a kidney in 2004, to removing the stigma of having a female companion, as well as gain an understanding of the blessings I still have today. After reading about the experiences and challenges she overcame, now I can continue on my journey in life with a stronger, more purposeful mission of being beacon of hope for some poor, unfortunate soul! May God continually bless you Robin Roberts forever more! You are truly an amazing woman, thanks for your obedience and "making your mess your message!"