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Recital, Med School & a Blog

It's been a busy week and it's only Wednesday!

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 :)

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Taking my pups on walks at camp

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