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Breathing for a Living: A Memoir

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2003

    Silly Sally doesn't get it!!

    This book allows the reader to take a glimpse of the life of an ordinary woman in extraordinary circumstances. You will laugh and cry. Laura will truly touch your heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2003


    I belive this should be a great book. As a child with CF, I enjoy reading books such as those as other people going through the same thing I am. Sometimes, it's hard to read things like this, because it makes you look towards your future, whether or not you'll make it. It's kind of depressing. But even though I haven't read this yet, I hope to, and see what her life was like. Maybe she should foucus on more of the positive things she has done within her life. How she might of had fun living with what she had, and not against it. She should've talked about what great times she had with family, friends...etc and explained how much they meant to her. Always, Hannah Clark Age:13

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2003

    Scares me that 'Silly Sally' is a nursing student!!!!

    Anyone who knows a child with CF will appreciate and respect what Laura Rothenburg has to say. Though it was at times devastating to read, information is certainly power! My 9 year old niece has CF and I worry about her every day. Until 'Silly Sally' contracts a FATAL disease or has a loved one with a FATAL disease, I think she should keep her ill-informed and disrespectful comments to herself. And, please, get out of the medical profession! A young person facing death, facing no future is wrong on so many levels. I wonder if any of us could be as brave as Laura was. She had the courage to not only live it, but to write about it. Well done!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2003

    An honest look at the struggles of CF

    Laura's honest and often blunt accounts of the daily struggles of a CF patient will be an eye-opener for many. She serves to educate the reader and make them understand her plight. She is not a whiner or someone looking for pity. She is a young woman consumed with this disease longing for the 'normal' experiences of other people her age. Laura was a brave woman who was determined to not give up without a fight. This book focuses more on her lung transplant and the months following. Thank you for telling your story in an honest, straight-forward way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2003

    Sorry Sally, you missed it. Hope yours is a good life.

    A special story of a special lady to young to leave us. Thank you ABC TV for your program that brought this young lady to my eyes, mind and heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2003

    Don't read this book!

    This entire book is one big whinefest by the author. For someone who knows she has a very limited time left to live, you'd think she'd appreciate her life. Wrong. All she does is complain about her current circumstances. You really get the feeling that she wants you to pity her, when really I just wanted to tell her to suck it up. I'm not trying to say what she goes through is easy, or that I could do it any better, but I know that if I were dying, I'd take a little time to let everyone know how much I appreciate them, and how much I enjoyed life. She sends her friends regular updates on her medical status, rarely telling them when something improves, but always dwelling on what bad things were happening. She would complain that her friends would never call or stop by, and when they did it's because they thought of her as a chore. First of all, if someone wrote me emails like that, I wouldn't want to visit either. Second of all, obviously her friends didn't think of her as a chore otherwise they wouldn't have driven hours to see her. I think the large group who shows up for her transplant is testimony to them being true friends and not only visiting because they feel obliged to. Perhaps she didn't see this. She complains about the doctors and makes it out like she knows better than they do about what they are doing. The entire time I was reading, I was waiting for her to say how she appreciates her life being as long as it is (not that many CF patients live to be that long) and how appreciative she is of the medical advances that have helped her. Perhaps she did feel this way, but just didn't write about. I hope that is the case.

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