Everybody's Got Something: A Memoir
Robin Roberts --- former college basketball player and current TV co-host, pilot and author --- has written her newest book with the help of Veronica Chambers. EVERYBODY’S GOT SOMETHING is devoted to detailing Roberts’s journey with her most recent health crisis --- the diagnosis, treatment and recovery from myelodysplastic syndrome, otherwise known as MDS.
"As expected, it is filled with grace, humor, love and insight. You will alternate between laughing, crying and praying as you read her inspirational story."
In 2012, Roberts discovered a lump on her neck. A few weeks later, after her appearance at the Oscars, she received her devastating diagnosis. The illness would have been tough, no matter what, but it came just five years after her diagnosis of and subsequent battle with breast cancer. The MDS was caused by chemotherapy treatments she received to destroy the breast cancer cells. To make matters worse, during the treatment and recovery process for MDS, her mother passed away.
As with her battle with breast cancer, Roberts didn’t hide her struggles with MDS. Rather, she made a public announcement on “Good Morning America” (which she co-hosts) and documented her journey through journaling, video broadcasts, and now this book.
The memoir’s title was inspired by Roberts’s mother, who emphasized that hard times don’t discriminate. She used to say, “Everybody’s got something,” meaning that no matter what you are going through, you can know that everybody has had something they’ve had to deal with or are dealing with now.
I’m a huge fan of Robin Roberts. She is a wonderful lady with a big smile, a huge heart, and courage almost beyond measure. So it’s only natural that I jumped at the chance to read and review her book, and I’m so glad I did. As expected, it is filled with grace, humor, love and insight. You will alternate between laughing, crying and praying as you read her inspirational story.
Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on April 24, 2014