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My CF Story

I am 34 years old and living with Cystic Fibrosis.  To me it is not a curse of death or something to feel sorry about.  It's life and I make the best out of it.  I was diagnosed when I was about a year old.  My parents were worried as I only weighed 14 pounds and was very weak.  After a series of tests, they found out it was CF.  My poor parents were told the life expectancy of CF patients was only 9 years.  So, they held their breath for the first 9 years of my life and then realized I wasn't going anywhere!


I participated in dance class, gymnastics, and even played the clarinet growing up.  My parents had no restrictions for me and insisted I do everything all the other kids my age did.  I tried to get out of gym class (I have no athletic ability AT ALL), but they refused to even ask the doctor for a note!  Because of them, I believe I am as healthy as I am today.


I went off to college at the University of South Carolina Aiken, joined the programming board and even became the President of my sorority \^^^/!!  That is where I met my wonderful husband!  We were married on July 15, 2006 and have built a great life together with our adorable English Bulldogs, Sarge, Stella and T-Bone.

Me and my hubby, William


T-Bone (left), Sarge (center) and Stella (right)


I would say I live a fairly normal life, however one classifies "normal".  I'm very fortunate that the severity of my CF symptoms are related to my pancreas.  I take 5 enzymes with my meals and 3 with snacks.  I take calcium daily for my osteopenia, CF Source Vitamins, along with azithromycin 3 days per week.  Pills fortunately don't phase me...I might be lost if I didn't have any to take.  

My lung functions are typically in the 80-90th percentile, which I am very proud of!  For breathing treatments, I use my inhaler (Albuterol) and started Cayston in 2010.  I also use my SmartVest for 30 minutes a day with my Hypertonic Saline (my goal is to get up to twice a day).  I also enjoy other methods of airway clearance like riding my bike, taking classes at the gym (spin, step, weight lifting, combat) and working out with a personal trainer (or solo).


My daily meds include:
Zenpep 20,000 Lipase Units
Calcium (1000 mg daily)
Complete Formulation Vitamins (2 daily)
Azithromycin (3 weekly)
Prilosec
Claritin
Hypertonic Saline 7%
Cayston
Albuterol Inhaler




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  1. You have a beautiful family. What a blessing. Can you tell me where I can find out more about that vest? Blessings to you!

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  2. Thank you! You can visit their website: www.smartvest.com

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