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My 2018 Anti Resolutions (Part 1 of 6)

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Each year, the turn of the calendar brings the cultural practice of creating “New Year’s Resolutions” in striving to improve our self, our lives, our health, or our finances with some level of commitment in which we are the judge of pass or fail. This practice is not something I really subscribe to. My life in both surviving and thriving with cystic fibrosis (CF) has entailed a willingness to go against the grain in not being limited or defined by perceptions or expectations of science, statistics, or cultural belief about me or my CF.

The Heart(h) of Christmas

I don’t want a lot for Christmas
There is just one thing I need
I don’t care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree
I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is YOU

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Can you guys believe Christmas is only a week away?! Anyone else trying to finish up shopping for loved ones and wrapping all the gifts? Every year I say I’m going to start early, but every year I’m hustling at the last minute to get it all done.

Anyways, one of my favorite things is to sip on peppermint hot chocolate while listening to Christmas music and wrapping gifts. Peppermint and chocolate are one of my favorite flavor combinations and one of my favorite things about the holidays.

Alkaline Water and My Cystic Fibrosis

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Over the past few months, I have become increasingly familiar with drinking alkaline water an the potential benefits for CF.  I want to expressly note that the following article is NOT MEDICAL ADVICE, and only reflects my own personal thoughts and experiences.

Am I In Pain?

I was going to write a quick Instagram post on this feeling, but then I realized that it may be a little more deep-seeded than a quick blurb. I went to a show this weekend. Not a huge show. Just a rinky-dink bar show. A passion of mine is supporting the local music scene, and what better way than to attend shows. Also, a dear friend of mine that I do not see nearly enough invited me.

Why Giving Matters

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“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

 -Winston S. Churchill

The last few months of the year make up what is referred to as the “Giving Season” for the nonprofit world. As the holidays approach, people often give more generously.

Community Forever

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference here in Indianapolis. While I knew that I would learn about the latest and greatest in CF management, I was unprepared for the second, more meaningful gift that this experience gave to me:

The gift of community.


I always enjoy the autumn season and this year was no exception. I rebounded from a hospitalization in August for a lung infection triggered by a flu virus. I spent several nights in the hospital and then 10 days on I.V. antibiotics at home. This bout knocked me hard and I found out that even with Kalydeco/Ivacaftor I am not Invincible! It had been 2 1/2 years with no hospitalizations. I am grateful to the care team that got me healthy.

Are You Ready For Your Miracle?

In high school, my friend’s mom gave me a tiny pendant she had bought at a yard sale. Among boxes of chipped mugs and old records, she found the pendant that held an even tinier mustard seed inside it. On the back of it, in the silver setting, in writing almost too small to see, it read, “If ye have faith the size of a mustard seed, nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

An Open Letter to Fall

Dear Fall,

We’ve always had a bit of a rocky relationship, haven’t we? One day, we’re the best of friends, giggling over pumpkin spice lattes and cozying up to the fire. The next, we are mortal enemies who battle over the November gray and impending coughs.


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