I recently finished reading Everybody’s Got Something, a memoir written by Robin Roberts. I knew very little of Ms. Roberts’s story, largely because I don’t watch morning news shows. But her book came highly recommended by a friend of mine, and I’m glad I read it. So in case you haven’t read it yet, I wanted to share some of the take-aways that most resonated with me.
- Sometimes you have to go back to basics: “When you are down and you don’t know how to pick yourself up, start where you are. Left foot, right foot, breathe.”
- “When you’re facing a health crisis, you crave normalcy. So much in your life isn’t normal anymore. You feel reluctant to tell anybody, because you don’t want to be treated differently.”
- This statement is just oh so true for me: “I just wanted to feel better the next day than I’d felt the day before. It had been so long since I’d felt normal, whatever normal is.”
- Ms. Roberts gets a whole lot of credit because she used “my diagnosis to raise awareness…” And in the words of her beloved Momma, “Make your mess your message. Find the meaning behind whatever you’re going through, because everybody’s got something.”
And I’m trying. I’m trying to raise awareness, to create some meaning in a medical condition which largely isn’t understood or easily treated. Because I know it’s not just me. Whether it’s evident or not, everyone’s dealing with something.