A person who has deeply inspired and supported me, in both ways, is my doctor Joan DeCelie-Germana. I have been with her since I was a child and along the way she has repeatedly reinforced that I am control of my CF and not the other way around. She has been my biggest cheerleader, encouraging me to play sports, to run and exercise and to be responsible for my own health care routine at an early age. Whenever I was sick, or my baseline lung function decreased, she would tell me what she thought was the best course of action, and then discuss with me the best way to implement it. She always included me in the plan, which gave me my voice as my own, and best, advocate for my health. Through the years, when my health faltered, she was always there to point out the positive things with the negative I was facing. She has helped me see that because I have cystic fibrosis, and I have struggled at times, I appreciate the good things in life more. My life has been enhanced by my struggle.
My creative presentation represents my slow realization that having cystic fibrosis isn't the horrible thing one might think. It is 'bothersome' at times but ultimately makes me a stronger person. Without the bees, the flowers would not bloom as beautiful.
Katherine S.'s Artwork
Katherine S.'s Achievements