YA Fiction and Chronic Illness

I will always be a lover of YA books and just finished “The Probability of Miracles” by Wendy Wunder. The narrator is a young woman with cancer who spends the summer on the coast of Maine with her mom and younger sister in search of a ‘miracle.’ She has a great insight toward the end of the book that spoke to me, as a woman with diabetes, and I thought I’d share: (She is spending the night with her boyfriend for the first time)

“Later she realized she could be a princess. Not really a princess, but something other than a cancer patient. She could choose the cancer and the misery or the other, more wonderful parts of her personality. She was a dancer, a scholar, a sister, a veterinary assistant, a girlfriend. She could make the cancer into a much smaller part of her being. For the first time in a long, long time, the cancer was not everything.”

Well said Wendy Wunder!


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