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Joy In The Journey

Two years ago I wrote a blog about Aging with CF, that was the year I turned seventy (70) years; a milestone birthday for anyone. Who would have guessed I would still be here two years later at 72 years and enjoying an active lifestyle. As I write this blog we are having record breaking heat in California even on the coast.

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Having Cystic Fibrosis can often be isolating. It’s hard to schedule and follow through with plans when you never know what your symptoms will be. But it’s so important to try, you have to put yourself out there and hope for the best. Life is too short to live in fear of the unknown. Take a chance, even if you have to cancel! Don’t let your chronic illness define you. You are so much more than a broken link in the genetic code.

10 Years At The Registration Table

During my college days I worked as a banquet server at one of the big hotel and conference centers in Burlington, Vermont. Our banquet team had so much fun working all those weddings and special events together, which is how I met and became friends with Brian Callanan. Brian was in graduate school at St. Michael’s College at the time and I was finishing school at the University of Vermont. We definitely kicked off a great friendship from those days. Our paths continued to cross when we both worked in social services helping families living in poverty.

How Do You Stay Motivated To Workout?

I want to address a question I get asked all the time by this wonderful community. This question has popped up in my social media messages and my inbox quite a bit lately as I’ve been sharing more about getting back into a more consistent workout routine.

You vs. Cystic Fibrosis: What Drives You To Fight

Cystic Fibrosis is a relentless disease. Every day with Cystic Fibrosis is a fight. Every day you enter the ring with your opponent, it’s the exact same opponent that knocked you out the day before. You know your opponent very well, you’ve been facing each other for years. You go toe to toe, sometimes for several rounds. Once in a while you think you may have the upper hand but your opponent is sneaky and tends to get you out of nowhere. You start to slip up, the punches are coming at all angles, blow after blow. You know you’re in trouble. You go down. The whistle blows.

Boys And Girls Of Summer

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and our family is more than ready to usher in the start to summer.  School is out, the pool is open, and the grills are fired up.  It’s time to bring on the s’mores, the sprinklers, and all the fun this season brings.

Never Downplay the Importance of Your Care team

My transition to adult care was a rocky experience that only the time spent with my pediatric team could prepare me for. I spent 10 years with my pediatric team and at nearly 22 years old, my pulmonologist was nudging me to move onto adult care. Begrudgingly, I accepted the reality that I couldn’t live my years out within pediatric care, and with a broken heart I began seeing the adult clinic in my city.

CF Awareness Month

The month of May is recognized as National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month. It is also the month of my birthday. This overlap has always represented something very special, yet ironic to me because for a long time cystic fibrosis (CF) was believed to be the likely cause of my end. I distinctly remember at age 13, when the CF gene was first fully mapped and a cure would not be far off, that I committed to myself to stay healthy enough for long enough to see that cure in my lifetime.

A Blueprint For Tackling The Transplant Process

April is Donate Life month. Raising awareness for organ donation has become one of my new life goals. Before this year, it was just another month to me. Yes, I knew about donate life. No, it didn’t affect me personally.

My mantra for today: I am happy, I am healthy, I am ALIVE, I am enough.

In a world filled with deadlines, important dates, schedules, and doctors’ appointments it’s important to find the humor in it all. I never know what a day will look like living with Cystic Fibrosis and I see it as an adventure.

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