Coauthor Nick Chiles is a veteran writer who has won a dozen major journalism awards, including a Pulitzer Prize, and has coauthored 13 books
Book's publication is the last item on Campbell Woolley's bucket list; her husband worked to ensure that the memoir was completed and published posthumously
Deeply inspiring memoir in the vein of Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air about the way a sickle cell anemia diagnosis shaped the author's worldview and inspired a highly accomplished personal life and career
Written in an engaging, accessible voice
Women will be inspired by Gail Campbell Woolley's ceaseless ambition in the face of a debilitating disease, a difficult upbringing, and systemic racism and sexism
Sickle cell disease disproportionately affects African Americans
Gail Campbell Woolley (1957-2015) grew up in Washington, D.C., and was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia at age seven. She studied journalism and international relations at Syracuse University and worked as a reporter for the Washington Star, the Baltimore Sun, and the Washington Times before beginning a career in corporate public relations. She died at age 58, exceeding the life expectancy her doctor predicted by more than 20 years. Nick Chiles has won more than a dozen major journalism awards, including a Pulitzer Prize as a newspaper reporter in New York City. He is the author or coauthor of 12 books, including two New York Times bestsellers, one cowritten with Rev. Al Sharpton and one with gospel superstar Kirk Franklin. He lives in Atlanta.