NOVEMBER 16 @ 1 PM EST
November 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Author: Mallory Smith
Presenting: Diane Shader Smith
Salt in My Soul: An Unfinished Life
Salt in My Soul is a testament to love, determination, and the healing power of memoir as medicine. It’s a classic coming of age story about a young woman named Mallory figuring out how to live fully while dying. In so doing, she secretly documented her inner thoughts in her diary while throwing herself at life: friendships in elementary school, boyfriends and sports teams in high school, the little travel her disease would allow. She attended college and explored the wider world, one that was just beyond her grasp. She became a devoted environmentalist, seeing a startling and vivid metaphor for her declining health in the destruction of our world. All the while Mallory fought. And wrote; about her fears, her loves, her pain, her depression, her hopes, and gave voice to the many millions who struggle with invisible or visible illness, turning her pain into purpose. In Mallory’s final days, her father uncovered a long-forgotten treatment that is now changing the world of medicine but, heartbreakingly, it came too late to save his daughter.
Diane Shader Smith has a vibrant career as a writer, speaker, publicist and fundraiser. In 2017, Diane’s daughter Mallory died at the age of 25. This would prove to be the inflection point in Diane’s life as her catastrophic loss would lead her into a field previously unknown to her: narrative medicine, which would guide her work moving forward.