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Local author covers sickness and friendship in new book


Last updated 7/2/2020 at 10:19am

Middle school can be a hard time for even the most well-adjusted kids. It's even harder for kids who have unusual conditions, as Kim Shatteen learned when she contracted ophthalmic shingles at age 12. At the time (1978), doctors knew less about the condition, and weren't entirely sure why Shatteen contracted it. Even today, most people think about shingles as something that only affects senior citizens. In fact, it can affect anybody who's ever had chickenpox.

"It's caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox," Shatteen explained. "I contracted chickenpox fr...

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