Mallory Smith was no ordinary girl, and this is no ordinary story.

At just three, Mallory was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, but it was when she contracted a superbug, an unwelcome twist in her journey, that she faced her greatest challenge. Despite the daunting odds, and a concurrent battle with mental health, Mallory didn’t just survive; she flourished, embracing her passions—volleyball, writing, the environment—and cherishing moments with her family, her friends, her boyfriends. Above all, she made the choice every single day to live by her mantra “live happy.”

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“Many of the feelings I write about are too difficult to share while I’m alive, so I’m keeping everything in my journal password-protected until the end.”

Mallory Smith


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