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I wasn’t aware of it at first, but for a few years my dad had been writing stories about me. The day that I discovered it, I was using the desk in his office and found a few printed pages in his printer with my name here and there. It was about one of the tough times I had gone through, but I didn’t say anything. My dad is always writing and I respected his privacy. But over the next few months I kept finding more and more pages about me in the printer and I began to wonder.

Then one day he brought it up to me out of the blue.

“Cory, I’m thinking about writing a book about your experiences. The more I remember the amazing things you’ve done, and all the bad stuff you’ve been able to overcome, the more I want to tell people about you. But I don’t know if you’d want to let people into the most intimate details of your life. And I wouldn’t ever put your life out there if you didn’t want to do it.”

He took a deep breath.

“So what do you think?”

I thought about it for a few seconds, then said. “Will it help people like me?”

Dad shook his head with a proud smile. “Cory, you are amazing!” he said.

That was my honest hope then, and it is now. That the story of my life in Against Medical Advice will help someone, somewhere, who is going through really bad times like I did and needs some comfort and encouragement. I also hope this wesbite will become a place where people can gather and share their experiences and help each other get through their lives. It would really make me happy.

—Cory Friedman