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Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite
My Every Breath by Anna Maynard with Karen Emilson is an autobiography detailing her experiences growing up living with Cystic Fibrosis during the late 60 and early 70s. Using photos from that time, Maynard shares a more personalized look at the disease and what life was like at a time when the life expectancy of a child with Cystic Fibrosis was just fourteen years old. Her older sister France also had Cystic Fibrosis but unfortunately died at just fourteen years old. What Maynard does well is to share her story in such a way that we feel each moment she goes through in a visceral way. With the blessing of time and a double lung transplant, she is able to look back on her childhood, as well as the life she's lived that would have seemed impossible fifty years ago. Now a mother and a grandmother, tragedy unfortunately strikes her life again with the murder of her mother and a subsequent trial in 2013.
Throughout the book, Maynard shows her resilience in the face of adversity. I thought My Every Breath was pretty well written. The photos add a lot to the story as well as the words detailing Maynard's life. She has a way with words that help the reader not only gain an understanding of Cystic Fibrosis but also feel the highs and lows of emotion as Maynard goes through triumph and adversity. In My Every Breath, Anna Maynard crafts an evocative collection of words and images that is sure to sit with the reader long after the last page is turned. I enjoyed every passage and feel that My Every Breath would be a great read for anyone looking for a first-hand account of Cystic Fibrosis and its early treatment.