Born nearly two months premature and diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, there were days Ravina Thakkar’s mom wasn’t sure her daughter would survive that first year.
“At night I couldn’t sleep. I kept thinking ‘Did she stop breathing? Did she stop breathing?” she said.
But ravina survived- and has thrived, partially because of her illness. The now 14-year-old endures three treatments a day to help loosen the mucus clogging her lungs and takes nine different medications. This gives her ample time to focus on her most treasured activities – reading and writing.
Before she hit kindergarten, Ravina was a full-fledged reader. By the 1st grade she won her first writing contest.
Today the Plainfield teen is a published author.
Her book, The Adventure of a Lifetime, is the story of a young girl who finds herself living an adventure in one of her books. Its a story Ravina wrote at 8-year- old.
It turned into the book it is today thanks to the Make A Wish Foundation.
Ravina’s book came out earlier this month right before her birthday. This weekend, it sold out during a book signing at a store in Naperville.
This, Ravina says, is just the beginning . Next high school, then Harvard. Then more books and maybe a job as an editor.