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Breathing for a Living: A Memoir

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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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