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Simply CF : Why We Walk

Walking is something that most all of us take for granted and the power of a single step never really crosses our mind. But a simple step for some can symbolize so very much - like for people whose lives have been impacted by cystic fibrosis. 

Great Strides for CF is so much more than just a walk. It's a significant act of empowerment, of tenacity, and of hope. Within each step lies an untouchable determination dedicated to fighting for those with CF. Fighting to give everyone impacted by CF another day to pursue and live out their dreams uninhibited by a disease vying to steal every breath. 

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was established in 1955 and has been at the forefront of drug research and development - leading to decades being added to the lives of people with CF. Because of the fervent support of friends and family of those with CF, the CF Foundation has been able to invest in the futures of those living with the disease - being on the cutting edge of research and a cure. Without this continued support and the creation of these life-extending therapies, many of our lives would be immensely different. It's safe to say that some of us may not be here today without such support. Each step that has been taken in the last 30+ years has made a significant impact on each life that is affected by CF. It is for each step we are so thankful.

But we are not finished.

Life-changing therapies and drugs are being created at this very moment. Drugs that could potentially give us the possibility of more steps. Walk with us this Great Strides season. Take a step for CF and every person whose life has been changed because of the disease.

Learn more about the CF Foundation.
Learn more about Drug research and the current Drug Pipeline

To learn more about Great Strides or donate to a team click: Great Strides Team Ashley

Disclaimer: The writings and postings of Breathe 3-65 are a reflection of the personal opinions, experiences, and knowledge of the contributing author. Breathe Bravely is not liable for the statements and personal opinions shared. The material of Breathe 3-65 is provided with the best intention and great care is taken to share information from credible sources. However, the content shared on this blog is not medical advice and is not under any condition a substitute for the medical advice provided by your medical providers. Please consult your care team before making any changes or additions to your current CF treatment plan.

Real 65 : A Love Story

Real 65 is a segment of Breathe 3-65 that is dedicated to entries and interviews sharing honest and personal experiences of living with, treating, and loving someone with Cystic Fibrosis. 
It is a place for all those impacted to share their stories. 


CF and Love - it's a complicated, complex, and at times an incredibly heartbreaking journey. But, it also is what makes every breath all the sweeter and so very meaningful. It infuses hope into the past, present, and future.

Today, we are sharing a moving and honest post written by Jessica Bean from her personal blog on Health from the Heart. Jessica, a tenacious woman with CF from Australia, poignantly shares the impact CF has on a relationship, on thinking about the future, on what a life-saving therapy means, and on living with fervent hope. Please enjoy her powerful words.

Orkambi: A Love Story (Part 1) by Jessica Bean

Disclaimer: The writings and postings of Breathe 3-65 are a reflection of the personal opinions, experiences, and knowledge of the contributing author. Breathe Bravely is not liable for the statements and personal opinions shared. The material of Breathe 3-65 is provided with the best intention and great care is taken to share information from credible sources. However, the content shared on this blog is not medical advice and is not under any condition a substitute for the medical advice provided by your medical providers. Please consult your care team before making any changes or additions to your current CF treatment plan.

Simply CF : The Gift of Life

Cystic Fibrosis is a complex and sometimes confusing disease. Each installment of Breathe 3-65 called,"Simply CF" will strive to explain the complexities of CF in a concise and accessible way.

For the CF community, this Fall has been a difficult one with a great number of loved ones lost to cystic fibrosis. It makes us hold those we love living with CF a little tighter and want to fight even harder for every person impacted by the disease. This holiday season undoubtedly will be one filled with some heartache as the memories of those lost pour through minds and hearts of their family and friends. 

Some whose journey ended too soon were awaiting the call for their perfect match of lungs. They were eagerly hoping for the call for a life-saving double lung transplant - a call that did not come in time. For other friends in the CF community they faced chronic rejection post transplant. But thanks to a selfless donor they were given the chance to extend their lives - living boldly and fully with the extra time they were given thanks to a double lung transplant. Without a transplant they would have not been given that second chance at life - even if it were still cut too short due to complications and rejection.

Without question, a double lung transplant at the end stages of CF can be life saving. But the truth is, for those who decide a transplant is the right choice for them there are not enough registered organ donors to fulfill the need that is present. But, we each have the power to change that and honor the lives of those we've lost. Give the gift of life this holiday season - become an organ donor while encouraging your friends and family to do the same. It's a simple gift that will have a lifelong impact.

Register Today: https://www.donatelife.net/

Please take a moment today and remember the beautiful lives that our CF community has lost and keep their loved ones close to your heart this holiday season. 

Disclaimer: The writings and postings of Breathe 3-65 are a reflection of the personal opinions, experiences, and knowledge of the contributing author. Breathe Bravely is not liable for the statements and personal opinions shared. The material of Breathe 3-65 is provided with the best intention and great care is taken to share information from credible sources. However, the content shared on this blog is not medical advice and is not under any condition a substitute for the medical advice provided by your medical providers. Please consult your care team before making any changes or additions to your current CF treatment plan.

The Joy of Giving

It’s a beautiful thing when people see beyond their differences and join together in a common experience. These days there are plenty of things that threaten to divide our country, society, communities, and even our homes and families. But when we choose to see past our differences and the things that divide and push us apart, something amazing can happen.  Most people have a few universal values that they hold in common and are dear to their hearts. The holiday season gives opportunity to pause, reflect, gather with friends and family, and reconnect with some of those values and experiences.

One of these experiences is the joy of giving.  Parents work hard to keep the secret, the mystery, and the intrigue of Santa alive for as long as possible with their children, both because they love to see the wonder and awe in their children’s eyes, and also because it brings the parents a full heart and much joy to be able to give to their children. Adults keep the joy of giving alive by doing secret Santa exchanges and giving gifts to their friends and family members who likely do not truly need anything, but experiencing the joy of giving urges them to give.

It’s great to give to those we love and are close with- our children, family, and friends. It’s pretty easy to see past our differences with them and give to them out of love. But there are many opportunities to see past our differences with those on a greater scale in our communities and across the country, and to experience the joy of giving at a whole new level.

Today is #GivingTuesday.  Today is an opportunity to connect with the joyous feeling of giving, and to do so by supporting one of a host of worthy groups, causes, and charities. All across our community and country people are doing good. They spend time, energy, resources, and money helping and advancing the lives of others and the state of humanity. They experience the joy of helping others, and today you can join in that joy by giving your support. Today you can embrace the joy of giving. Let us come together under the banner of doing good. Surely, doing good is something we can all agree upon, and today is as good an opportunity as ever to take action- pledge support, pledge resources, pledge money to a cause, group, or charity in your community or in our country that is doing good. 

Donate and put this photo as your temporary profile image or share it to social media to show your support for Breathe Bravely and Giving Tuesday!

This #GivingTuesday may you know the impact of your generosity, support, and the good you share. On this day devoted to the joy of giving, I ask you to consider supporting an organization that strives to give - give voice to CF, that is.  Breathe Bravely just celebrated its year anniversary and we are deeply grateful for each of you and the support you fervently share with us. Breathe Bravely has big dreams that are coming to life by the day and by the moment. This year is going to be an unforgettable year in the life of Breathe Bravely - aspiring to impact so many through its programs like sINgSPIRE, Brave Bundles, and signature Breathe Bravely events. Today, experience with us the joy in giving - giving voice to CF by supporting Breathe Bravely. 

 

Share your voice and - DONATE -

 

Today's Breathe 3-65 entry written by Mark Bonnema. 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: The writings and postings of Breathe 3-65 are a reflection of the personal opinions, experiences, and knowledge of the contributing author. Breathe Bravely is not liable for the statements and personal opinions shared. The material of Breathe 3-65 is provided with the best intention and great care is taken to share information from credible sources. However, the content shared on this blog is not medical advice and is not under any condition a substitute for the medical advice provided by your medical providers. Please consult your care team before making any changes or additions to your current CF treatment plan.

Real Gratitude 65 : Breathe Bravely

The month of November on Breathe 3-65 is dedicated to GRATITUDE. Today we are grateful for each brother, sister, and friend impacted by CF. For their endless hope, drive, and unwavering support we are so very grateful.

"Breathe Bravely and all it has become is something I never could have imagined. This incredible organization started with just a few words rooted in honesty and heart. None of this would have been possible without each of the strong, supportive, and loving voices believing in its possibilities from its very first words. For each of your voices and endless support I am so very grateful. Breathe Bravely is a true reflection of the goodness and strength you have each brought to my life. From the bottom of my heart, thank you."  - Ashley


What's the meaning behind Breathe Bravely's logo?

"An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward, so when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it's going to launch you into something great, so just focus, and keep aiming." – unknown



Intersecting Arrows: Since the beginning of Breathe Bravely, I have strongly embraced the idea that my life with CF is like an arrow. That with every set back, or difficulty that may be pulling me downward, it only means I am waiting to be propelled into something greater. The two intersecting arrows represent my life and CF. 

Roses: You will see that in the fins of each arrow lies the silhouette of a rose  - one of the arrows even has a rose leaf stemming from the side of it. Cystic Fibrosis is difficult to say and has become known also as "65 Roses" which is now a trademark of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 

Breathe Bravely and its logo have grown into something that represents strength, beauty, courage, bravery, and hope. It represents giving voice to cystic fibrosis. 

*  Breathe Bravely.  Always.


 

Disclaimer: The writings and postings of Breathe 3-65 are a reflection of the personal opinions, experiences, and knowledge of the contributing author. Breathe Bravely is not liable for the statements and personal opinions shared. The material of Breathe 3-65 is provided with the best intention and great care is taken to share information from credible sources. However, the content shared on this blog is not medical advice and is not under any condition a substitute for the medical advice provided by your medical providers. Please consult your care team before making any changes or additions to your current CF treatment plan.

Real Gratitude 65 : What Would It Mean?

The month of November on Breathe 3-65 is dedicated to GRATITUDE. Today we are grateful for all the moms and dads who show endless amounts of tenacity and strength in the fight against CF. For their endless hope, drive, and unwavering support we are so very grateful.


Today's guest entry is written by a mother that embodies what it means to be strong, tenacious, and hopeful. Billie is the mother of two brave and energetic girls who have CF. Billie, like all other parents, wishes for nothing more than a cure for her beautiful girls. What would a cure to CF mean to Billie? Read her powerful words in today's Real 65. 

What Would It Mean?

"Rylie came home from kindergarten last week and told me that a kid at school punched her during lunch. A rocket list of questions ensued from my mouth - who? when? has it happened before? did you tell someone? On this particular occasion, by “punch” our occasionally overly dramatic 5 year old meant “accidentally elbowed”.

Nonetheless, that feeling I had when I first thought she might be the target of a bully was familiar. It’s one of the rubber bands in this massive ball of emotions that comes from parenting daughters who deal with the everyday challenges of a rare, genetic disease. I’ve never crossed paths with such an unfair and unrelenting bully as I have with cystic fibrosis.

    It’s the kind that makes my kindergartner go to the back of the line every day at lunch.

    The kind that sprays stuff up my 3 year old’s nose.

    The kind that seeks to shake my daughters every day, with no exception.

And, like most bullies, there are feelings of helplessness. I can work with her school, but I can not change the fact that the pills are necessary. I can teach her how to do her treatments and medications for herself, but sprays up the nose and shaking for hours and inhaling medicine and swallowing dozens of pills is never going to be enjoyable. Bullies like to take control, and so that becomes our mission. To slowly and carefully and intentionally give our daughters a little more say in the how and the when of their treatments and medications. The bully is still going to make them shake and they might feel beat up at times, but giving them the tools they need to take ownership of their disease is currently our best method of defense.

A cure for cystic fibrosis would mean to one day be able to make a call and the bullying stops, to fill a prescription and the bullying stops, to drive to an appointment and it stops. I wouldn’t have to to send her to school wondering if the bully would be particularly mean that day. None of this lurking around on healthy days, looking for a weak moment to strike. No more changing plans or missing out or feeling embarrassed. The bully wouldn’t be waiting at home, or at school, or on vacation or at grandma’s.

    The bully would be gone.

    That’s what a cure would mean to me."

 

 

 

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Billie, along with her husband Ryan, are tireless advocates for their girls and the CF community. To follow Alexa and Rylie's journey with CF and read more of Billie's powerful words follow her blog "2 Sisters 1 Cure."

Disclaimer: The writings and postings of Breathe 3-65 are a reflection of the personal opinions, experiences, and knowledge of the contributing author. Breathe Bravely is not liable for the statements and personal opinions shared. The material of Breathe 3-65 is provided with the best intention and great care is taken to share information from credible sources. However, the content shared on this blog is not medical advice and is not under any condition a substitute for the medical advice provided by your medical providers. Please consult your care team before making any changes or additions to your current CF treatment plan.