This post was sponsored by Walgreens Cystic Fibrosis Services as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received compensation as a thank you for my post.
When I was a Senior in high school one of the former members of the cheerleading team, L became the JV coach. Throughout the year I became in awe of her strength. Not only was she an amazing cheerleader and a great coach but she was also battling Cystic Fibrosis. That year our team’s motto was “Fighter” due to our determination to become first in our area for cheerleading. Throughout the year Jennifer taught us so much not only about Cheerleading but also what it really means to be a fighter.
It’s been years now since I’ve graduated high school and my little sister is getting ready to do the same thing. In those years L became the Varsity Coach and continues to teach my sister and the rest of her teams what it means to be a fighter, to never give up. L has had such an impact on our family, she’s been a great coach to my sisters, a friend to my mother and she has taught us so much through her battle with Cystic Fibrosis. We are continually in awe of her strength and determination to not let her CF stop her from doing what she loves.
Cystic Fibrosis affects approximately 30,000 adults and children in the US*. It is a lifelong disorder that affects every aspect of your life. There are many times where CF patients have to isolate themselves from others to protect their health. CF affects the respiratory and digestive systems and can vary in its severity from person to person. Treatment also varies depending on the severity of the symptoms experienced. When you have Cystic Fibrosis it is so important to make sure that you’re taking the medication needed so you can be as healthy as you can be. Self-care is a must as an adult and as a child you need a dedicated care provider who will not only take care of you but teach you how to take care of yourself when the time comes.
I’m so excited to be partnering with Walgreens and their CF Champions “Navigating The Journey Together” to share with you all the challenges and perseverance that comes along with having Cystic Fibrosis. It’s inspiring to learn more about CF Champions, both those who have CF and their care providers.
I always knew that there were various levels of functioning when it came to having CF and I appreciate hearing more perspectives about the impact that CF has on these families. May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness month which is a great opportunity to learn more about Cystic Fibrosis and how you can help any friends or family members who have Cystic Fibrosis.
I’m honored to know a CF Champion! Do you?
*Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Patient registry annual data report 2013. https://www.cff.org/2013_CFF_Patient_Registry_Annual_Data_Report.pdf. Published October, 2013. Accessed November 3, 2015.