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Robin Roberts on 'Everybody's Got Something,' her mom and more
"Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts is an inspiration to many. She has spoken publicly about her breast cancer and rare blood disorder, and this year, came out as gay. Her strength, determination and positive outlook influenced many people encountering similar challenges. Her latest achievement is the release of her new book, "Everybody's Got Something" (Grand Central Publishing, $27).
I recently attended a Mamarazzi event with Roberts, hosted by Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein of The Moms, a multi-platform lifestyle brand, at NYY Steakhouse in Manhattan. Here, she talks about her new book, her mom and more.
Q. What inspired you to write "Everybody's Got Something"?
"Everybody's Got Something" was for my mom. It started when I was very young. I was the youngest of four children, and we'd come in from the playground upset that someone pulled our hair or took our marbles. My mom would say, "everybody's got something." What she meant by that was that everyone, right here, has something. Only you know what that something is. It's no more important than my something. I'm so grateful that people are responding to the book and they're saying to themselves, "that's right, everyone's got something." We all have something to give, a gift or a resource, to impart on others to help them through those challenges.
Q. Do you still think about becoming a parent?
I’m very nurturing. I love my Jack Russell. I realize how incredible it must be, as I look around the room and I think of my mom, what it is that you give to be a mother. I think about it sometimes. I’ve also realized there are many ways to be mothering and nurturing. I feel I have done that.
Q. In the book you mention the three D's -- something your mom enforced. Can you explain?
My mother was a teacher. She was very much about education, education, education. And while most parents are all about reading, writing and arithmetic, my mother taught us the three D's: Determination, discipline and da Lord.