Ben Graham

Ypsilanti, Michigan
Literary Goals:
To spread awareness on rheumatoid arthritis through my writing.

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About Me

Ben Graham was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He attended the Residential College at the University of Michigan, where he received the James H. Robertson Award for Outstanding Achievements in Drama. He was also awarded the National Arthritis Foundation’s Hero Overcoming Arthritis Award. Ben currently lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he is completing a Master’s degree in school counseling at Eastern Michigan University.

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My book "Ending in Angels" is a novel about overcoming challenges. The main character, Dave, is growing up with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Middle school, high school, and college can be difficult times in life for anyone: facing them in a wheelchair is an extra challenge Dave must take on. Like many adolescents, Dave battles bullying, anxiety, insecurity, grief, depression, and even suicidal thoughts. Luckily, he is able to use his relationships and memories to help him cope. Laughing with his best friend, listening to his Dad, and getting to know his first love gives him strength during the hardest periods of his life. But when he finds himself alone without these three people, who can he lean on? Dave sets out on a journey across the country and a journey through his own thoughts and feelings. And so Dave's journey to find them begins. The question is: where will his journey end?

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