D.D. Davis’ memoir, Every Breath Counts, recounts his childhood struggles with asthma, shedding light on the physical and psychological challenges he faced growing up. From the book’s very first pages, Davis shares with readers that he has been living with asthma his entire life. At just eight years old, his condition became so severe that he had to be hospitalized. Despite his initial misgivings about going to a sanitarium, Davis learned that it was a place where all kinds of medical problems were treated. As readers delve deeper into the memoir, they are introduced to the challenges Davis faced dealing with asthma, such as missing school and returning to it, and the people who made his journey easier, including his parents, brother Tommy, and Nurse Wilson.
Davis’ goal with this book was not only to share his story but to provide solace and support to those who are also struggling with asthma or any other condition. His memoir delivers on this promise and is a testament to his commitment to raising awareness about this often misunderstood illness. It is clear that Davis has poured his heart and soul into his book. The memoir is an open and honest account of his life, with no details held back. One of the most compelling aspects of the book is the perfect balance Davis strikes between recounting his story and psychologically exploring his thoughts and emotions. For instance, when he speaks with his mother about his birth, he uses humor to ease the tension and fear that he and his family felt before his hospitalization.
I highly recommend Every Breath that Counts to anyone dealing with asthma or any other condition, medical and psychology students, as well as anyone looking to be inspired by a true story. Davis’ memoir is a powerful reminder that every breath truly counts and that one can overcome even the most daunting challenges with courage and determination.
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