A Zebra Like Me

Maybelle Dawson longs for normalcy and belonging. Often misunderstood, she struggles with a rare disorder, labeling her a Medical Zebra.

Maybelle’s happiness and well-being threaten to slip through her fingers as she battles to take control of her life. She faces a never-ending battle on her journey to find love, courage and friendship in a world lacking acceptance.

With the guidance of her guardian angel, Maybelle finds her way out of emotional and physical isolation to discover lasting love and amazing friendships.

A Zebra Like Me is the story of one teenager’s battle with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a disorder affecting one in five thousand people.

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YAPodcast Special Feature - A Zebra Like Me is featured on YAPodcast. In the podcast I talk about the inspiration behind the story and the disease, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. I've also included a teaser from the book! I hope you'll tune in!



  1. I am a 21 year old woman with hypermobility EDS. I ran across this book last night while curiously searching more books about the disorder even though I'm probably an expert by now! I hope it's encouraging to know that while I only read for about 20 minutes I was touched. It was like reading my own diary from a few years ago. I was even reading aloud to my husband some of the phrases that I find myself saying. ( I am blessed with an understanding spouse! ) Like how because it's invisible people question the truth of my illness and think I'm either whiney or crazy and most days I feel exactly that. I believe in a loving God who opens doors and shows me things when I need them most if I open my eyes and heart and pay attention. How funny that I discovered this book the day after the release date on amazon! As I previously said, I have yet to read very far into this book. But, I look forward to getting off work this afternoon and finishing the whole thing tonight! May God bless you! Thank you for putting a book like this on he market!

    1. Thank you so much, Abby! I'm literally in tears reading this. You can't imagine how much your post means to me. Your kind words have reinforced my intentions in writing this book. It was difficult to write but if can accomplish what it has with you I may consider it's achievement among my life's best! I hope you enjoy Maybelle's story! Bless you and thank you!

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  3. Dear Mrs Jones,
    I recently stumbled upon your book whilst feverishly searching for a novel about EDS that was not a medical journal. As a sufferer of five years, I had grown sick of reading non-fiction books on the condition. So when I finally discovered A Zebra Like Me, I was absolutely ecstatic and brought it immediately.
    When I first began writing this comment, I had a clear idea in my mind as to how I wanted to word it but now that I have started typing...words are failing me. I think perhaps I should start by saying thank you. Thank you so much for writing such a positive and inspiring book. You have provided a novel that contains a relatable and likable heroine, whom not only struggles in her day to day life but in her narrative admits she cannot cope. Something which is very rare in a literary world of strong and almost invincible main characters. What I loved most though was the religious theme that ran through out the entirety of the plot. As a believer, it was nice to be reassured that we have someone “watching our backs” from Heaven, even if we cannot see them, especially when trying to cope with such a difficult disorder.
    I am probably sounding a bit over-emotional now.
    Overall, what I’m trying to say is that I discovered your novel at a time in my life when I felt alone and isolated as a sufferer but your novel helped provide me with not only a way of informing people of EDS but also showing them that we still have goals we want to achieve, it’s just that we need to take life at our own pace and require some assistance from those around us along the way.
    So thank you and God bless.
    Yours faithfully,
    P.S. I do have one quick query, would you ever consider writing a sequel for Maybelle or a another novel where Malach helps someone else?