Everybody’s Got Something

In Mississippi, where I’m from, there’s an understanding that hard times do not discriminate.  My mother used to say “Everybody’s got something.”  This is the story of my something and my road to something better.

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 would 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 difficult times.

This was definitely a funny memoir.  There were fun stories of Robin’s life before and during her medical treatment, all mixed together.  The book wasn’t divided into separate parts.  It was also interesting to read more about her background in broadcasting – she started at ESPN before moving to ABC.

Roberts also wrote about all of her medical treatment.  Those details were hard to read because what she was going through was so heavy.  It was unimaginable, even though she described every little thing.  But she also had a solid group of friends and colleagues around her, and they provided the fun, bright spots in the midst of a scary storm.

The story was coherent, but at the same time, it was also a bit disjointed.  There were lots of sentences that seemed like they could be fragments.  This interrupted the flow of the story because sometimes it wasn’t clear what the fragment in question was referring to.  But maybe that’s just Robin Roberts’s writing style.  The publishers obviously didn’t think it was too much of a problem.

All in all, this was an uplifting read.  A story about the light at the end of the tunnel.  It also puts life in perspective – no problem is more important or worse than anyone else’s.  There’s no reason to say “Oh woe is me”.  There’s no pause button in life – all anybody can do is keep moving.

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