A 20-year-old’s wisdom on living while dying

Updated 1442 GMT (2242 HKT) July 5, 2017

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Venice Beach, California (CNN)As a small child, she played hide-and-seek with nurses, ripped out IVs to race around the hospital floor naked and left an explosion of glitter in her wake.

Claire Wineland smiles broadly at a comedy roast to raise money for Claire's Place Foundation in July 2015.Claire Wineland smiles broadly at a comedy roast to raise money for Claire's Place Foundation in July 2015.
      Claire has always welcomed chances to escape Los Angeles and breathe cleaner air. Here, she visits Vancouver, British Columbia, several years ago. Claire has always welcomed chances to escape Los Angeles and breathe cleaner air. Here, she visits Vancouver, British Columbia, several years ago.
      Claire and her sister, Elanore Nordquist, cuddle the night before Claire moves out of the house. One of the things Claire appreciates most about Elanore is that she's never treated Claire like a sick person.Claire and her sister, Elanore Nordquist, cuddle the night before Claire moves out of the house. One of the things Claire appreciates most about Elanore is that she's never treated Claire like a sick person.
        After her coma, Claire traveled to Sitka, Alaska, the place she believes she subconciously visited. After her coma, Claire traveled to Sitka, Alaska, the place she believes she subconciously visited.
          Claire has spent a quarter of her life in the hospital, mostly at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in  California, where her medical team is just like family.Claire has spent a quarter of her life in the hospital, mostly at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in  California, where her medical team is just like family.
          A 2015 trip to Europe with childhood friend Alicia Schomer, who says Claire has changed her: "I'm not as terrifed of the thought of death anymore, but I am terrified of not living life to the fullest."A 2015 trip to Europe with childhood friend Alicia Schomer, who says Claire has changed her: "I'm not as terrifed of the thought of death anymore, but I am terrified of not living life to the fullest."
          Claire's parents, Melissa Nordquist Yeager and John Wineland, split when Claire was 3 but remain close friends and partners when it comes to her care. Claire's parents, Melissa Nordquist Yeager and John Wineland, split when Claire was 3 but remain close friends and partners when it comes to her care.

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