My journey started on an early Saturday morning in 1993. I was birthed into this fallen world as the first child of my sweet, young parents. Their hearts overflowed with love for me and nothing else mattered except to care for the precious child that was now their own. I was perfect-or so they thought. Eleven months after bringing me home and after many hospital stays, I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis-the number one genetic killer of all children and adults in the United States. My doctor gave me a life expectancy of 18 years, if that. My parents were told I would never be a “normal” child and I would never live a “normal” life. The doctor said that I would be sick constantly and that the hospital would be my home.
My doctor at the time told my parents exactly what to expect and approximately when to expect it. But what he did not expect was for me to be a fighter every day, for the rest of my life. And so began my joyous journey as a CFer: never taking anything for granted, leaning and trusting on my Mighty Savior, breathing even when it hurt, and loving every second of life.
Now as a twenty-two year old and a graduate student and assistant at Texas Tech University, I’m pursuing my Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics. I recently graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics as well as a minor in Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management. My dream job is to work with other cystic fibrosis patients as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) to help them gain weight so that they can live a longer, healthier life. As of now, I’m just trying to learn! I hope you enjoy reading about how I live my life as CFer!