My Life Beyond Vaccines

by Guillaume Federighi AKA Hey Gee

My Life Beyond Vaccines

by Guillaume Federighi AKA Hey Gee


A Mayo Clinic patient story

By Hey Gee and Grace Bowden • Edited by Anna Cavallo • Illustrated by Hey Gee

  • Inspired by Grace’s experience in high school when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down normal life around the world.
  • Research has shown that vaccines are very safe – especially compared to the risks of infections.
  • This graphic novel uses beautifully illustrated pages to tell the story of how vaccines may seem scary (like dragons) at first, but vaccines protect children and help them to grow up healthy and strong.



Proceeds are invested into furthering medical research and education at Mayo Clinic.


While Grace waits to see her doctor, she finds an old book that transports her to “once upon a time …”

In the old kingdom, four dragons are making people sick. One young warrior sets out to gather each of the dragons’ stones, which hold the key to protection. The warrior will need her skill, bravery, and her knowledge of the dragons – along with some help from a friend – to succeed on her adventure.

How is getting a vaccination a little like conquering dragons? Find out as Grace discovers life beyond vaccines.

My Life Beyond Vaccines: A Mayo Clinic patient story is part of the My Life Beyond graphic novel series. Created through collaboration among pediatric patients, their doctors, and children’s author and illustrator Hey Gee, each book in the series dives into the mind and imagination of a child patient at Mayo Clinic to explain how children experience illness, challenges, and recovery.

Softcover • 7.68 x 10.63 inches • 36 pages • Mayo Clinic Press Kids • 2022 • ISBN 9781945564079

About the Author

About the author

Guillaume Federighi AKA Hey Gee

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