I felt an immediate connection to you the second I turned the first page of your book “Everybody’s Got Something.” Just the dedication page alone brought me to tears with your message “To all donors: your gifts are the definition of selflessness.” This past year has been an insane yet life-changing journey for my family and myself. I was hospitalized back in December for severe heart failure and was immediately put on the donor list. It was clear that I would need a transplant to live the rest of my life. I waited just about five months to receive my miracle. I was successfully transplanted on April 20, 2016 and was finally able to return home after all that time just 12 days after surgery. I can say with a grateful and healthy heart that my life is officially back to normal and my health is better than ever.
I have always found a great passion in writing and journalism and I have always found myself admiring news anchors like yourself. Since I picked up your book that day in Barnes and Noble, you have become a daily inspiration to me. I have struggled with putting my feelings into words after my emotionally draining journey. I have so much I want to tell the world, yet I struggle with finding where to begin. Reading your words provided me with a great sense of comfort and understanding. I can never thank you enough for sharing your story with the world and allowing people like me to relate on such a high level.
It is in the past 3 months that I am working to find my “something better.” My routine has returned to a sense of normalcy. My 20th birthday is quickly approaching and I am blessed to say that I can celebrate my special day at home with my loved ones compared to waiting in a hospital room. I am beyond excited to start back at college come the fall and work toward my career in writing and journalism. Because of my donor, my angel, and their family I am able to live the rest of my life.
With every turn of a page, I felt more connected to you and your story. My goal in life, my something better, is to share my story with the world in hopes of connecting with others as you have with me. As you said, “Let the dark moments of your journey inspire you.” I am taking my low points, my moments of weakness and turning them into something bigger and better. I am paying it forward. I hope to show the world how important it is to become a donor by spreading awareness and information.
I feel that thank you will never be enough Robin Roberts. You are such an inspiration to me. Thank you for showing me that I am much stronger than I think and thank you for helping me to see the beautiful opportunities that await me. I hope one day I can have the opportunity to thank you in person. I will carry your words with me in times of struggle and in times of joy. Thank you for being a role model, an inspiration, a beam of light. Thank you for being you. Thank you for sharing your words.