The Joys of having CF

The Joys of having CF

Friday, March 6, 2015

20 Years

Today March 7, 2015 marks my 20 year anniversary of being diagnosed with CF. I was four months old, and when I was diagnosed the life expectancy was not very good. In fact my parents were told I may not live to graduate high school. 
Having those kind of odds against you isn't very good, but I am very thankful that my parents did everything they could to make sure I got the best care. They took me to one of the top medical centers in Wisconsin to give me the best chance, and for that I am forever thankful. 
The past 20 years have been amazing, I went to school, proved statistics wrong & graduated high school, went on some pretty amazing trips, stayed relatively healthy, obtain a job, and the best part; the life expectancy keeps increasing. 
But I've never really been one to worry to much about statistics. Now don't get me wrong there's been many tough times, but in the end, those times just make us stronger.
To me the only thing that matters is living your life to the fullest each day, because tomorrow's never promised for anyone.  
I am so thankful the last 20 years, and yes I was born with CF but I always celebrate my CF anniversary because that is the actual day all of our lives changed forever.
I was also diagnosed on my uncles birthday; the same uncle who I was born on him and his wife's anniversary, so it's kind of a special day. 
Today's also a bittersweet day because it makes me think of all those who didn't get to celebrate days like these. 
So please keep them in your prayers today. I am so excited to see what the next 20 years hold, I can't wait for the next journey. 
I'm going to end with one of my favorite quotes: 
I hope everyone has a wonderful day, and remember to live your life to the fullest with the ones you love because tomorrow's never promised and remember: "don't let anyone dull your sparkle". 

~God Bless

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