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Although illness memoirs and recovery books saturate the market, this one makes a contribution to the literature with its voice of a young woman dealing with a lifetime of chronic illness. Edwards, who is 27 and manages bronchiectasis, thyroid disease, and celiac disease, among other conditions, ably describes the realities of people living longer with chronic (often rare) illnesses. She strikes an appropriate tone so that her suffering comes across without becoming the focus. Instead, using her own life story, Edwards shares practical advice about going to college, looking for a job, finding a partner, and deciding whether to have children, all the while juggling demanding health issues. Her comments about the financial aspects of her illness are timely considering the current interest in universal health care. Order this gem pronto to round out your consumer health collections.