Emily: My True Story of Chronic Illness and Missing Out On Life (Louder Than Words)
Emily Smucker
Emily's the sick one . . . all of the time. Plagued with some sort of cold or fever or bizarre aches and pains for much of her life, Emily thought the dizziness and stomachaches at the start of her senior year were just another bout of "Emily flu." But when they didn't go away, she knew something was seriously wrong. Eventually diagnosed with the rare and incurable West Nile virus, Emily watched her senior year and the future she had planned for go up in smoke. "I want a normal life for a teenager. I want to ache from a long day at work. I want to be so busy that I don't have time to post on my blog. I want to run the race of life instead of being pushed along it in a wheelchair. I want to be on the ride of my life, you know?" Because Truth Is More Fascinating Than Fiction

Book Details


  • Biography
  • Nonfiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Emily was just your pretty much everyday teenager. She had a great family, everyone in it was very close, they always went on trips together and camped at different places but there is one problem, Emily is constantly sick. She was almost never at school, and she never felt up to doing anything, all because of being sick. Emily thinks that she is sick with what she calls the "Emily Flu" so much because of where she lives, Oregon, but her doctor thinks she has Mono or West Nile.

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