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My So-Called Lungs

21-year-old Laura Rothenberg has always tried to live a normal life, with lungs that often betray her, and the sober awareness that she may not live to see her 30th birthday. For the last two years, Laura has been keeping an audio diary of her battle with cystic fibrosis.

Remembering Laura

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