She answered every email I sent -- I saved every response. She made me feel special.
One night, we met for dinner in the Library at the Regency Hotel, where I love to sit and people-watch. That night, people were watching her. That night, she told me that what I am doing for people with chronic illnesses is the same as what she and her compatriots did for women forty years earlier. I could never, ever receive a bigger compliment from anybody.
Gloria is an amazing person. She's done so much. But it's what you don't know about that makes her most special. Because everybody is special to Gloria. Everybody. She is so beautiful, so kind, so giving -- and so brutally honest -- and when you talk to her, it's as if you're the only person on earth. I've rarely visited her when there wasn't someone staying at her house -- a young activist, an African women's leader, a struggling writer. I think she's friends with everyone she's ever met. Her heart is not only huge, but so very unique. I have never felt more unconditionally loved than I have by Gloria and David.
Gloria: In Her Own Words airs on HBO at 9 pm on August 15, with many re-runs if you miss the first showing. I hope you will watch it and get a glimpse of just how amazing she is. Sure, it's about the women's movement, no doubt. But it's also about how we ought to treat each other, the interest we ought to have in each other, the beauty that comes from meeting another human being.
Edited by Jody Smith