"I want to use this blog to share some of my experiences so that hopefully when you, whoever you are, read this you can see the world as I see it. You can appreciate life as a whole. I want you to laugh and have fun while you read, I do not want you to feel sorry for me, or feel like the world is some cruel unfair place. The truth of the matter is that I was dealt a certain hand of cards, and I am making the best of it."

Gunnar Esiason

Recent Podcasts

Breathe In #61 - Holiday Season

Somer Love is back on the podcast to talk about her open letter to family and friends about the holidays and cold/flu season. Gunnar, Tiffany and Somer chat about some of the precautions they take when it comes to health and safety during family gatherings and how they communicate their needs to their family and friends. The three discuss a recent tweet from Seth MacFarlane and how some people have been offended by his seemingly offhanded comment about coughing in public spaces. Tiffany also mentions that her friends are very aware of her immunosuppressed status following transplant. Finally the conversation ends with a few words about discussing some healthy habits in places of mass transportation.

Breathe In #60 - Tiffany's 2nd Lungiversary

Tiffany's lifelong best friend, Kelsey Sleek, joins the podcast to celebrate Tiffany's 2nd lungiversary! On November 30, 2016, Tiffany was wheeled into the operating room for a life saving double lung transplant, and her life has changed for the better ever since. Kelsey talks about the support system side of cystic fibrosis and what it was like to be there for Tiffany through the up's and down's and then eventually, the several year wait on the transplant list and through the surgery itself. Tiffany, who gets a bit emotional (which leads to an entire podcast meltdown!), talks about what it meant to have such a strong support systems in the midst of such a challenging time. She even says that it felt like she wasn't the only one with CF - her friends had it, her parents had it and everyone in between - because everyone in her life went through the same difficult journey to get her to the transplanted lungs. Join us in celebrating Tiffany's 2nd lungiversary!

Breathe In #59 - Miss Los Gatos 2019

Tiffany and Lea chat with Miss Los Gatos 2019, Camille Hunziker, a 22 year old pageant queen who has dedicated her time raising awareness for cystic fibrosis as a “Queen for a Cure.” The girls ask about how Camille got into pageants. She explains how the pageants work and how it’s been such a positive addition to her life with confidence. Camille shares how she got involved with the CF community and how “Queen for a Cure” came to be. She talks about how special the community is to her and what her plans are for her advocacy in the future. Camille is on her way to Miss California competition, where she has competed before and made it to the Elite 20. She shares her plans after the competition if she wins!

Recent Posts

Breathe In Ep. #61 – Holiday Season

Somer Lover is back on the podcast to talk about her open letter to family and friends about the holidays and cold/flu season. Gunnar, Tiffany and Somer chat about some of the precautions they take when it comes to health and safety during family gatherings and how they communicate their needs to their family and

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Saying, “Well my doctor said…” Diminishes Your Role as an Empowered Patient

As empowered patients, it is our jobs to work with our care teams, not blindly take their word as fact. The very best doctors in CF are the ones who listen to their patients and create plans with them. I learned this lesson the hard way when I was in pediatrics. My final year as

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Are Phages the Answer to Debilitating Cystic Fibrosis Infectious Disease?

Happy Monday, folks! It’s been a hot minute since we’ve had a Monday Morning Thoughts blog post, but shit happens. What can I say? Chronic infection is a killer in cystic fibrosis. It’s widely accepted that although infection rates are slowly decreasing across the community (maybe thanks to kids getting on CFTR modulators before their

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