Looking at Invisible Illnesses

Mallory Smith grew up in Los Angeles. A talented writer, radio producer and podcaster. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford, all while battling cystic fibrosis. She lost that battle at age 25. Mallory’s mom took her diaries and crafted them into a remarkable book.

Frank Buckley interviews: Diane Shader Smith, Author/Publicist

Frank Buckley interviews author and publicist Diane Shader Smith, who’s daughter, Mallory, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and authored the posthumously published book “Salt in My Soul: An Unfinished Life.”

Mallory Smith died of Cystic Fibrosis complications but her mom is making sure her story is told

“Cystic fibrosis is a disease that does a lot of taking — of dreams, of time, of travel, of friendships, of freedom, of potential, of plans, of lives,” Mallory Smith wrote in the introduction to her journals.

Salt In My Soul: An Unfinished Life by Mallory Smith

Salt in My Soul: An Unfinished Life (Spiegel & Grau; ISBN: 978-1-9848-5542-8) collects diary entries of Mallory Smith—a remarkable young woman who was determined to live a meaningful and happy life despite her struggle with cystic fibrosis and a rare superbug—from age fifteen to her death at the age of twenty-five.

'I have an urge to do something more': Heart-wrenching memoir of a woman who died of Cystic Fibrosis and a Superbug at 25, chronicles 'invisible illness'

Mallory Smith loved nothing more than the salt water and sea – but it was the excess salt on her skin that was a tell-tale sign of her illness.

Because she had two copies of a particular gene, Mallory suffered from cystic fibrosis.

Mother publishes daughter's diary after her untimely death from Cystic Fibrosis

There was a brief window of hope — lasting about six weeks — when Mallory Smith’s long-awaited double-lung transplant appeared to have been a success.

Only then did the cystic fibrosis sufferer and her mom, Diane Shader Smith, seriously discuss turning her journal into a memoir.