As a person with cystic fibrosis, I have learned the importance of being part of a community that shares a similar battle. While we each personally overcome our own obstacles, we, as a community, also overcome obstacles together. Together the community tries to tell the world about cystic fibrosis, a rare disease that tends not to get much press. We try to raise money to treat and cure a disease that kills our friends. We struggle together when we long for a friend who understands, but must stay behind our computer screens, for fear of spreading deadly bacteria to one another. Yet, the advice I would give to myself, and this community down the road, is to appreciate the deep connection that we have to one another. My presentation is a poem that I wrote that expresses the difficulty of being a part of a community where some members benefit from medical advancements, while others still suffer. At the end of the poem, the reader is reminded that we are in this together. I continue to raise money and awareness for cystic fibrosis, because as long as one person is suffering with the illness, we all are. And as painful as it can be, the bonds we share are unbreakable, in life and in death. The photo next to my poem is of a sunset through the trees after a cold, snowy day in New England, reminding us that even in the hardest moments we face together, there is light.
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