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Gretchen

“Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.” I grew up with the mentality that I do not have enough time – to live, to dream, and most importantly, to love.…

March 26, 2013

Gretchen

I believe cystic fibrosis has given me the rare ability to see life as the beautiful gift that it is; and I can say without a doubt that having this illness has taught me to…

March 26, 2013

Shellie

“Never, ever give up.” I always think of my son as being a “little Rudy” – he is smaller than most kids his age, but has twice as much heart. Just recently, one of his…

March 11, 2013

Nicole

“Life is like a rose, there are thorns, but it is still beautiful.” I am 25 years old and refuse to let cystic fibrosis run my life. I work a regular job, volunteer for charities,…

March 11, 2013

Gunnar

“Make a dream become a reality” I believe that there always has to be something more – that meeting the requirements of something alone is not enough. You have to push yourself constantly to be…

March 11, 2013

Haylee

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” Cystic fibrosis can sometimes take me to a point where I can barely remember the healthier version of myself. But when this happens,…

March 11, 2013

Haylee

‘I will not now. I will not break.” I have battled cystic fibrosis my entire life, and it has been a daunting task to do so. Right now, I know that I will have to…

March 11, 2013

Karen

“Impossible can be broken down into two words: I’m possible. Never forget that.” I keep a box called “Things I am Grateful For,” and each night before I sleep, I write down at least one…

March 11, 2013

Robert

I have always dreamt of joining the military. Unfortunately, the realities of cystic fibrosis have forced me to achieve my dream in a slightly different way – by going to college and majoring in forensic…

March 11, 2013

Glenn

My son has cystic fibrosis, and in spite of that, lives his life as any other normal teenage boy does. He plays soccer, baseball, basketball, and now boxes. As a parent it is sometimes hard…

March 11, 2013

Nicki

“Get busy living or get busy dying.” As Jerry says, “I cannot fail.” Failure is never an option. I will continue to live and change the world in spite of my disease. To know anyone’s…

March 11, 2013

Lucas

“I will still continue to fight until my last breathe; I believe I have a job to do in this world, and until I reach the end, I have to keep trying.” I was born…

March 11, 2013

Joni

“Life is precious… enjoy every moment.” My sister and I were both skinny and often sick little girls growing up, and were not diagnosed with cystic fibrosis until late in life. Unfortunately, my sister lost…

March 11, 2013

Emily

Attitude is a funny word that is oftentimes used in a negative way. Attitude can get you into trouble or it can push you through difficult times in life. My positive attitude has helped guide…

March 11, 2013

Piper

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” I look at life as a celebration of the human spirit and…

March 11, 2013

Karen

I suffered a drastic change in health before I decided to change my attitude. Once my children were born, I realized that I needed to “have CF” instead of letting it have me. I found…

March 11, 2013