Monday Motivations

The Highway to Happiness

The big question of the day is: Are you happy? I complied a list of questions to help you answer this. After reading the inquiry only you can determine weather you have truly lived at all. Look no further and discover the pure meaning behind an authentic, happy, life.

I’ve filled in my own answers to these questions below.

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Poems

My Lungs Are Made For Breathing

I was lying in bed a few nights ago, when a random idea managed to make its way through my tunnel of thoughts. My mind wanders a lot before bedtime. Sometimes of memories, books I’ve read, shows I’ve watched, or what I want to eat the next day. I seem to always formulate my best concepts during the early hours of the morning. I’m a night owl.

That particular night I was disappointed at my myself for disposing a poem I wrote a few years ago. I thought it was lousily written, so I crumbled it, and tossed it away, over a year ago. I sat in bed, staring at the wall, desperately trying to remember what I had written. All I managed to recall was that it was about breathing with new lungs. I sighed heavily, thinking, Oh well, I can write a new poem. Then, suddenly I came up with the title, my lungs are made for breathing. Anyone who suffers from cystic fibrosis knows our lungs simply suck at being lungs. Our lungs are definitely not made for breathing well, but new transplanted lungs is a different story.

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Personal Blog

Women & Living with Cystic Fibrosis

Living with cystic fibrosis my whole life hasn’t been an easy road traveled, that’s for sure. Today, I’m here to share a whole other set of issues I struggle with on a daily basis, as a woman living with CF. These are my honest and sincere feelings. This post was definitely challenging and even uncomfortable to write at certain points, but if I can help at least one woman, then its all worth it.

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Personal Blog

Celebrating 10 Years with my New Kidney

Today is yet another big milestone in this wonderful blessed life of mine. I’m celebrating ten years of living with my transplanted kidney from my very own mother. My kidney function began slowly declining shortly before my lung transplant in two thousand seven. Doctor’s told me, it was likely I would need a kidney transplant, sometime after receiving lungs. What they didn’t know, is just how soon after I actually needed a kidney. Due to the high doses of anti-rejection medication, following my lung transplant, my kidney function quickly declined drastically and I needed dialysis right almost right away. I went to Cincinnati Children’s hospital for dialysis three times a week for three hours. A short time later, my mom went through several tests and imaging procedures. She was a perfect match! On July second two thousand seven, my life was saved for the second time. Only this time, instead of a stranger, it was my mom! After all the pain and suffering I endured for 5 years, which, seemed like a lifetime to me, I was finally free of visiting the hospital numerous times a week.

I was ecstatic when I walked into my kidney transplant clinic, for my recent appointment and saw this new bulletin board on the wall:

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