May 09, 2005 12:00 PM

The Story of My Life

At 17, Afghan refugee Farah Ahmedi feels blessed: On April 22, the high school junior from Carol Stream, Ill., won a Good Morning America contest inviting viewers to write their life stories. Her prize: $10,000, a 10-city tour and seeing her book The Story of My Life: An Afghan Girl on the Other Side of the Sky, hit the shelves.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR STORY I was in second grade in Kabul, Afghanistan, and going to school one day. I was late, so I took a shortcut; I didn’t [see the] land mine. I lost a leg. My parents thought I would die, but I went to Germany for about 20 surgeries. I got a prosthesis and a whole new life. But eight years ago my mom and I were at the bazaar, and a Taliban rocket hit my house. My father and two sisters died.

BUT YOU STILL FEEL BLESSED? After a refugee camp, my mom and I went to Chicago and met our mentor, Alyce Litz [a church volunteer from Wheaton], in 2002. She helped me start thinking again and setting goals. She always said 1 should write my story.

DOES YOUR BOOK HAVE A THEME? It’s about hope, love, family and angels—about the way one person can help you turn your life around.

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