New Memoir Gives Readers a Glimpse of 'The Life of a Walking...

Written as a collection of blog posts, “The Life of a Walking Mermaid: A Story of Resilience” (published by Archway Publishing) charts author Vicki Thompson’s battle with cystic fibrosis and how she lived life to the fullest. This memoir aims to inspire those who are suffering from physical or mental illness, as well as those who have perfect health. For more details, visit

In the book, Thompson gives readers a glimpse into what it felt like being forced to live with cystic fibrosis. Written in a candid and reflective tone, she shares the lessons she learned through her experiences. Most importantly, her blogs posts attest to “not allowing a disease define who you are.” She encourages others not to do so either.

"I hope to encourage those living with cystic fibrosis or any illness to embrace the moments when you are healthy. In those moments, I hope you explore and build upon your connections to share love. All we have is love."

Thompson’s posts fall between four categories: earth, wind, fire and water. Earth posts tell stories involving community. Wind posts are about topics invisible to the naked eye. Fire posts are passion posts. Water posts involve water and its healing entities. In addition, she also reveals how yoga, snowboarding and surfing have played a major role in her increased body awareness, health and happiness.

An excerpt from the book reads:
The other day I found myself in a situation where my heart was beating fast, and my chest was constricting the airflow. I could not breathe in long and deep. I couldn’t even talk because I was gasping for air. I tried to remember everything I always teach in my yoga classes: inhale slowly, and exhale slowly.

“The Life of a Walking Mermaid: A Story of Resilience”
By Vicki Thompson
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 180 pages | ISBN 9781480864863
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 180 pages | ISBN 9781480864856
E-Book | 180 pages | ISBN 9781480864870
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Vicki Thompson never allowed fear to stop her. At age 7, she was on her way to perfecting her snowboarding, loving competition and winning trophies left and right. She had no difficulty leaving her home high school and friends in her senior year to attend that final year at Stratton Mountain School for snowboarding. Her journey continued as she attended Sierra Nevada College in Lake Tahoe. She created the non-profit, Boundless Art, which delivered art packages to children in local hospitals. She pursued painting and became a writer for the Cystic Fibrosis Lifestyle Foundation. Her final quest was founding Salt and Soul, a salt therapy and yoga center. She was always busy planning her next adventure. Right up to her final days, she spoke of what she was going to do after she receives her new lungs — thrilled to no longer be a prisoner of cystic fibrosis.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit or call 888-242-5904.

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