I recently had the opportunity to tell the story of my journey from being a kid with a grim diagnosis of cystic fibrosis to becoming an (almost 40) adult who teaches yoga — who teaches about the breath.
My essay on the Atlanta Yoga Scene website relates how when I was five years old, my parents received a devastating blow. They learned that me, their only daughter, had cystic fibrosis, a genetic lung disease that would gradually progress making it difficult for me to breathe and take part in activities like other children. It would also shorten my lifespan.
Today, I’m at the precipice of my 40th birthday, and I’m taking ownership of my future. I’ve received my yoga teacher certification, I’m teaching yoga and continuing to refine my personal practice, and I’m delighted to be a member of Club CF.
Please read the post on Atlanta Yoga Scene that tells my whole story: When Breathing isn’t Easy – A Cystic Fibrosis Adult’s Journey to Teaching Yoga.
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Food: Italian (and peanut butter)
Favorite Holiday: Halloween
Favorite Movie: Bringing Up Baby.
Favorite Song: Just Like Heaven by The Cure
Favorite Sport: Yoga
Favorite Athlete: Boomer Esiason, of course!
Dream Vacation: France
One Word to Describe Me: Funny
Role Model: My mom
Favorite Quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Advice for People with CF: Do what the doctors tell you to do, but do not let the disease define you. You don’t have to try to “act normal,” you are normal, normal for you. We are all individuals; you just have something different to deal with than most people. CF will teach you to love every precious moment, to take care of yourself, and to never take anything for granted.
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