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Book offers insight into living with illness

Mother of author will speak on Maui

“Salt in My Soul: An Unfinished Life,” a book written from the diaries of Mallory Smith, is the subject of a series of presentations that will be made at schools and two public locations on Maui.

Smith, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 3 years of age, died when she was 25. Most of the book is taken from her diaries, which she began writing at age 15 after it was discovered she had contracted a rare superbug. She was determined to live a meaningful life and “live happy” despite her struggle.

Mallory’s mother, Diane Shader Smith, will have made 70-plus presentations around the country before coming to Maui. She will be speaking at Maui Prep, Seabury Hall, Lahainaluna High School, King Kekauilike High School and the University of Hawaii School of Nursing.

In addition, she will make the following public appearances:

• 5 p.m. Monday — Barnes & Noble talk story and book signing, Maui Marketplace, Kahului.

• 3:30 p.m. Tuesday — CJ’s Deli & Diner, talk story with community members, Kaanapali.

Mallory’s words offer insight to those living with, or loving someone with, chronic illness.

She compared her struggles to those of Native Hawaiians and said that Maui was her “happy place.”