Global social media sensation Lewis Hine has released his new memoir, Looking at the Stars, which chronicles his life with a an ongoing illness.

At 17 months, Lewis was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumour and water on the brain, and his parents were told he wasn’t expected to survive. Now 17, Lewis is thriving as a disability campaigner and social media star, reaching out to other people in his situation to help them with support and guidence.

The memoir chronicles his experiences daily challenges and struggles; after 13 brain surgeries and ongoing health problems, Lewis is also at high risk of sudden unexpected death in epillepsy and has a pump in his brain.

His outlook is never bleak, however, and in spite of both his illness and the bullying he’s faced, Lewis has spent his life helping people, and set up the charity Friend Finder Official to help other young people with illnesses and disabilities find friends, inspired by the isolation he felt at a child, having spent so much time in hospital and away from school.

Looking at the Stars is available from Amazon and other booksellers, both online and in store now.
Header image: Lewis Hines/@hine_hin on Twitter