On Monday, December 10th, I had my very first Piano Recital!!! I talked about starting lessons in a prior blog (here). I had always wanted to learn and now I know! I'm still quite the novice but I thoroughly enjoy playing & practicing. To officially knock it off my bucket list, I felt I needed to participate in the Christmas recital (yes, with all the other 6-10 year olds that are taking lessons). So, along with my teacher, we selected "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" for my song. While it wasn't perfect, I'm still proud of myself for getting up to do it. I was so nervous, and I have no idea why!! My heart rate was in the 120s prior to going up and I was literally shaking - haha!! That may account for some of the flubs...hehe. Enjoy!
Then on Tuesday, the 11th, I went to Augusta University to join my doctor in her Cystic Fibrosis lecture to 1st year medical students. I think this was my 8th year joining in the fun. She presents the nitty gritty details of CF - genetics, diagnosis, treatment, etc., and then I get up to give the class a good look at CF and tell them about my life and treatment plan. I thoroughly enjoy the class every year! We had two guys come up to us after class to tell us they too know someone with CF. One was a close childhood friend that passed away about 4 years ago. It was still very emotional for the doctor-to-be and he said that his friend was his inspiration to become a doctor! The other doctor-to-be had a roommate at UGA with CF. I'm always surprised (and excited in a weird way) to hear when strangers know another CFer!
AND also yesterday, I had a blog published through the CF Foundation. You can read it here.
It's always an honor to be asked to share something with the the great big CF world. There were a lot a positive and encouraging comments as well - which brought a smile to my face. Its nice to know there are others out there that think like me :)