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Jessica F.

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My pulmonologist's goal has been to keep my lungs as healthy as possible.  He explained that damage to my lungs will most likely not be repairable when the cure is found so I need to put my boxing gloves on each morning and keep fighting until that historical day comes.

Recently, I have endured two "tune-ups" or CF exacerbations which included hospital stays and home-care intravenous antibiotic therapy plus sinus surgery on my 21st birthday. Dealing with cystic fibrosis related health issues are nothing new for me; however, this past year and my latest

tune-up, things were different.  I put my boxing gloves on, only this time, I did everything on my own. For the first time, I checked myself into the hospital, I stayed overnight in the hospital alone, and I took on the 24 hour responsibility of administering the home-care IV therapy single handed for two weeks.  All this while attending school full-time and taking midterms.  I not sure where my courage, determination and/or strength came from, but it came and I succeeded.

If there are obstacles to overcome a year from now, the advice I would give myself is to remember how I independently and successfully dealt with last year's misfortune and to believe in my proven abilities. I now know I can take care of myself and can live my life as an independent person. I will continue to put on my boxing gloves each morning until that historic day when I won't have to.

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Jessica F.'s Achievements

  • 6abc's Creative Services - Promotion Department Internship Program, March 2016 - Current
  • "Hero" Speaker, Delaware Valley Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Chapter's largest gala raising $950,000, November 2014
  • WHYY Film Awards, winner 1st place for documentary "2 People in 1 Body," Philadelphia, PA, October 2013
  • Greenfield Youth Film Festival, winner 3rd place for narrative "A Difficult Appointment," Glenside, PA, May 2013
  • Deans Selection Review Committee, Academic deans are reviewed every five years by faculty, students, and a college advisory board member. Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, January to May 2015
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Youth Advisory Council, committee leader developing policies to enhance a patient's hospital experience, Philadelphia, PA, 2011 - 2015
  • DNEWS, videographer and editor for Drexel's award-winning news show, 2014 - current
  • Internship with pharmaceutical company, Bridgewater, NJ, June to September 2014
  • Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, assist with all philanthropic and community service events, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, 2013 to Present
  • Team leader, "Jessica's Team", for Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Walk-a-thon Fundraiser, Philadelphia, PA, 2011 to Present