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Everybody's Got Something

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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 sh
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Grand Central Publishing
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I have a whole new look at Robin Roberts!! I knew that she dealt with cancer; however, I had no clue everything that she went through. This is her story told by her with all the emotion that she obviously felt as she went through some very difficult times in her life. Being a public figure I was very surprised by how honest, real, and revealing this book was.

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Carol
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Robin Roberts and I have very little in common; she's tall, I'm short, she's black, I'm white, she's athletic, I'm not...but I have watched her on GMA for years. Little did I know that following her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in 2007 would prepare me for my own BC diagnosis in 2008. The tone of her book was as if you sat down with Robin and she told you her story. An easy read, but well worthwhile.
Marilyn
Apr 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Robin Roberts did exactly what her mama told her to do, "Make your mess your message." And, what a message she had to tell. Robin is a strong, positive, faith-filled woman. She sets a fine example for anyone going through difficult times.
Michael
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Robin Roberts has always been a huge inspiration to my life. In fact, whenever I watch her interview celebrities,she always makes the best effort to make them feel relaxed. I do not know much about her personal life, so this was a huge eye opener. Although I am aware that she had cancer, this book was really about how supportive her friends were. There are many books I read with similar content, but the pictures really epitomized the beauty of this novel. I really enjoyed this book, it was reall ...more
Rachel
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a quick read. A very quick read.
My friend sent it me, after my latest health nonsense and I'm glad she did. I needed the messages Roberts has to say.

As a today show girl, I don't know Roberts-- feel an attachment to her. So maybe the way she writes is her authentic self. Perhaps, she is this normal, down to earth and so forth. Maybe she really is the type of person who truly understands that if her chosen docs weren't includes in her insurance plan, she would have significant costs to en
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Marla
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Robin Roberts is a pretty neat person. She seems very approachable and really seems to care about other people. This was very interesting to listen to. Robin reads her own story in the audiobook and talks about what it was like going through her treatment, how she was cared for and how she really understood that everybody has got something going on in their lives. This book made me like her even more.
Lori
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I would give this a 4.5. Robin Roberts gives an honest heartfelt account of her dealing with a life threatening illness. A few years after battling breast cancer Robin is diagnosed with a rare blood disorder. She finds that she needs a bone marrow transplant. She needs to find a match that could save her life or she would face only two more years of life. Thank goodness her sister Sally -Ann is a perfect match.
Sadly just before Robin starts therapy her beloved mother dies at 88 years old. Robi
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Donna Kubiak
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a fellow cancer survivor, I could empathize with robin's journey through cancer. But she went through a second journey that wore me out just reading about it. Her courage and tenacity are inspiring. At the end of the book, I felt a closeness to her and her mother, who must've been an inspiration herself! I couldn't hardly put the book down...I read almost all of it in one night. I am strengthened by reading her story.
Lois Plantefaber
May 23, 2014 rated it liked it
I love Robin Roberts! And I expected to love this book. While I thoroughly enjoyed her story and amazing strength to live her journey, the book was poorly written which lessened my enjoyment and did not have the emotional "punch" that I wanted/expected.
Jean
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Along with many people in the country I became aware of Robin Roberts diagnosis of MDS and pending bone marrow transplant while watching Diane Sawyer on ABC Nightly News. This book is astonishingly honest and refreshingly upbeat as Roberts tells the shock of discovering once again she had to fight for her life. Roberts, a hall of fame college basketball player and host on ABC’s Good Morning America T.V. show tells the story of her recent bone marrow transplant. This new diagnosis was apparently ...more
Jackie Stanton
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it
It's impossible to not admire the grit, determination and character with which Robin Roberts has faced (and overcome) daunting health challenges: breast cancer followed by MDS. However, her fame and huge circle of prominent supporters can be both a curse and a blessing as she deals with both illness and being in the public eye during her life-and-death struggles. How many others who face huge health crises have the wealth, support and access to premium health care that she has had? Those are the ...more
Donna
May 02, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a very inspiring account of the serious illnesses Robin Roberts has had to face down in life. She did it with courage and she had an immense support group of friends. She also had a great example in her equally strong family members.

This book was about her illnesses and the fight she had to lead. She stuck to her "message" and didn't stray from that. I don't know much about her. I don't follow sports. I didn't watch ESPN. I don't watch morning TV. So, as an autobiography, I was left fee
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Carol
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I interrupted my reading of Insurgent to read this book. It was a quick interesting read
as was her previous book. I found myself writing down the name of a book that she had
recommended and taking notes on some of her mother's favorite quotes such as "make your mess
your message". I recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed Robin's reporting on Good Morning
America, readers interested in books with a strong component of faith in action and especially
to cancer patients.
Gina
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Everyone should be so lucky to have the support and love of a wonderful family and great friends as Robin Roberts has in her life. Her story in this memoir is an inspiration to us all. She is a genuinely good person and classy lady. She has endured her illnesses with her head held high. Her memoir was a life lesson for me.
Helen Wilson
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
it was an excellent book, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Robin Roberts memoir and how her life was and how her health issues came about and how her family and friends were there for her though everything and always had her back no matter what, I recommend this book to anyone
ArtBooksLIfe Denise D Cooper
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this memoir. It's a testament to the power, resilience, and beauty of self care.
DONNA
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Definitely an easy read but hard for me to get into. I was hoping for something more riveting, edge of your seat, not seen/heard anywhere else. I really like Robin Roberts but it appears that some of this was told in one way or another on GMA or some other story highlight where she was the focus. A lot of repeated stuff throughout the book as well. Does give a little insight into a caregiver's side of the story.
Jo Dunn
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of course I know who Robin Roberts is; however, I've never seen a single airing of Good Morning America (I haven't watched television for almost twenty years). Regardless of whether, or not, I am a GMA fan, I'd read about her book and - given some VERY minor, by comparison, health and wellness challenges I've recently experienced, I was very much looking forward to reading her story.

In 2012, Robin Roberts was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a blood disorder she had contracted fro
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Sydney Young
(Via Audio) Robin's mother anyways told her that regardless of who or what you are in life, regardless of what you do or don't do, you'll go through hardship, "Everybody's got something." She also told her to "Make your mess your message." So Robin proceeds to do just that in this book as she shares her hardship of going through a bone marrow transplant at the same time her elderly mother faces failing health.

I've always just loved Robin Roberts. She is a breath of fresh air, a ray of sunshine,
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Lauren Ukkerd
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Robin Roberts outdid herself on this book. This was such an inspirational and inspiring story of the trials and tribulations that Robin has gone through over the last few years. The one constant that I took away from the book was the gratitude and appreciation she has/had for her family and especially her parents. Through it all her family, friends and colleagues fought her battle right beside her which gave her the strength, determination and motivation to keep going even on her darkest days. O ...more
Michelle Lines
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I didn't really know too much about Robin Roberts but decided to read this after learning more about her in Stuart Scott's memoir. What I liked best about this book was its underlying theme of the importance of not letting hard times be a reason to feel sorry for yourself. "I bet if we all threw our problems in a huge pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back." This really struck a chord with me, especially in light of the world we live in in terms of social media. Facebook, Instagram, T ...more
Carol Miletti
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. It was a good and clear look at bone marrow transplants and what the steps are.
It seemed to be extremely upbeat, as opposed to what you would expect-guessing the hard days were left out.
This next part might seem catty, but many of my friends, as well as me, have a rare disease. We cannot afford private jets to the Super Bowl parties so we can avoid germs. We cannot afford a party on the beach in Italy right before a major procedure.
I get on planes several t
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Lori
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Robin shared numerous personal stories about her challenges with breast cancer and leukemia. Everyone is different, but I enjoyed Robin's stories of things people did to help boost her morale. It's so tough. I often want to help, but don't know what to do. As Robin says...cheers from the sidelines, sending cards with positive thoughts and comments, is helpful!

My dad believed in being a happy person and making others laugh. I have always tried to follow in my dad's footsteps in this way, especial
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Karen B.
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Robin's battle and survival with MDS. Little did she know that the life-saving treatment she had received for Breast Cancer would lead to her problem with MDS. This time she needs a bone marrow transplant and Robin tells the story of her journey, the people who were there to support her and her deep feelings during the process. I love the title, we are all battling something and our attitude towards the cure is part of the cure itself. Of course we know that not all our trou ...more
Lynn G.
While certainly not literary and not especially well co-written, Everybody's Got Something had some high points: it is informative about Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), the glimpses into Roberts' loving family are charming, and following Roberts on her tough road back to health is inspiring, but much of the book seemed like name dropping or a catalogue of famous people. Perhaps that aspect cannot be helped because Roberts herself is a celebrity and travels in a world filled with equally celebrat ...more
Rev. Linda
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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All I can say about this book is INCREDIBLE. Her strength battling a second condition requiring chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, a subsequent infection, and at the same time, dealing with the loss of her Mom, were so touching. Anyone who has ever been part of the "going home" of a parent will appreciate this book. Also, anyone with a life-threatening condition, or a loved one who has one, will also appreciate this book. One of my favorite quotes, p. 134: "Life provides losses and heart ...more
Gail
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've discovered the library's free online library, which is very easy to access and download. So that's how I happened upon this. When I first started listening I thought, "Oh no, what were you thinking Gail?" Because I hate books that detail grueling medical stories. But Robin did a good job of weaving in lots of other stories and background and made it all so positive. The only thing I kept wondering about is would everyone rally around the average person like they did around Robin? Does being ...more
Susan Crowe
I had to give it a couple of days before I gave my review because I didn't want to sound all gushy but it didn't work because I'm still going to sound gushy.
What an absolutely beautiful person this woman is. I envy her in every way possible. Does she love every person she comes in contact with??? How wonderful it would be to be like that.
I highly recommend this book. I actually listened to the audio and it's narrated by Robin. But I warn you, have tissues handy.
I still have a hard time picturing
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Jim Lesniak
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book is an easy read in terms of the level of language. But for anyone afflicted with cancer--directly or indirectly--it invokes the pain of recognition, which isn't easy. Robin shares the physical, emotional, and spiritual effects of this dreaded disease quite openly and honestly. While admitting that everyone's story is different, she "makes her mess her message" in a way that is both gut-wrenching and uplifting. It's her spirit as a 'Cancer Thriver' and not just a survivor that inspires a ...more
Kaye
Jun 06, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed hearing Robin Roberts read her story of cancer survival…even though I think the book is not written well and tends to be a bit repetitive. I admire Robin for her strength, courage, honesty and charm; and give the book four stars in spite of my little criticisms of it. She has an effusively upbeat public persona. So I appreciate that she reveals the tears and discouragement she experienced in her alone times while going through the bone marrow transplant and her mom's passing. Overall, ...more
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Robin René Roberts (born November 23, 1960) is an American television broadcaster. Roberts is the anchor of ABC's morning show Good Morning America. After growing up in Mississippi and attending Southeastern Louisiana University, Roberts was a sports anchor for local TV and radio stations. Roberts was a sportscaster on ESPN for 15 years (1990
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“Being optimistic is like a muscle that gets stronger with use. Makes it easier when the tough times arrive. You have to change the way you think in order to change the way you feel.” 18 likes
“Thank God I could say that I had truly enjoyed the journey, because if I had saved all of my joy for the destination, I would have missed it. We are all so focused on getting “there,” but you have to be careful. Sometimes, I sense a lot of times, “there” ends up feeling different than you expected.” 10 likes
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