Throughout my journey with CF, my mother has been a great source of inspiration and support to me. Her favorite phrase since I was diagnosed at eight months old in Clarksville, Tennessee, was “Henry, take these lemons and make lemonade!” She has taught me to live life to the fullest and not let CF limit my aspirations. When I was growing up and participating in hockey and lacrosse events, she made sure I didn’t take shortcuts with my CF treatments. I quickly realized the benefits of maintaining a strict medical routine. She also shared tough love with me and never allowed me to use CF as an excuse for not getting my homework completed. Since my mom was a sprinter in high school and in college, she always reminded me to exercise my lungs! My mom has served as a tremendous role model and life coach. Inspiring me on a daily basis, she taught me to never give up, maintain a positive attitude, and give 150 percent in whatever task was at hand. My creative presentation highlights the importance of exercise and how athletics have helped me battle the challenges of cystic fibrosis. I have learned that I must exercise all my life to loosen the mucus in my lungs and to keep my lung function as high as possible. Everyone has mountains to climb in life ... for me, it's conquering CF through regular physical fitness, daily medical treatments, and a determined attitude!
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