I am an extremely private person, and for most of my life, I kept my cystic fibrosis diagnosis a secret because I did not want my friends to treat me differently. I was sneaky about taking my medications, and if seen, I would tell friends they simply aided digestion or even throw them away. In my youth, I did not fully understand how important my medication was.
In spite of CF, I have generally lived a normal life. I played soccer, cross country, and track during high school, and have continued running and began playing hockey. My proudest athletic moment was in1999 when I placed 4th in Division 1 Ohio 4x800 meter relay at 7:55.6 – which is still a school record! As I get older, I have to work harder and harder to stay active, but I am determined to stay healthy.
My wife and I have just had healthy, beautiful twins, a boy and a girl, after a difficult series of genetic tests and a testicular harvest. They were born in February 2012 at 32 weeks and 4 days. We are excited for our focus to shift to the kids and for our family to grow by two.
Even though I am still very private and do not tell many people about my CF, I am happy to share my story and hope it can positively affect at least one person’s hope of having children.
I love&helliphellip; running, cars, hockey, and making improvements around the house.
My favorite color… green.
My favorite food… Chinese.
My favorite television shows… Burn Notice and Psych.
My favorite sport… football.
If I could visit anywhere in the world… somewhere warm and beachy.
One word that describes me… competitive.
If I could give anyone with cystic fibrosis advice… I would encourage them to never give themselves excuses and to push themselves every day.