She died of Cystic Fibrosis. A new film tells her story – in her own words

After Mallory Smith died in 2017, her mom finally got a chance to look at her diary.

Smith had just turned 25 when she died from complications of cystic fibrosis. For 10 years she’d documented her life and thoughts on her computer and devices. When she gave her mother, Diane Shader Smith, the password, there were instructions: Mallory was a writer and wanted her work published, and she specified which parts. The book, “Salt in My Soul” came out in 2019. A documentary film of the same name was released last month.