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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