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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.

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