I was born with an invisible yet life-threatening disease – Cystic Fibrosis. Growing up, I never felt my unique condition quite as hard as when I was trying to keep up with the other kids. I began to feel inferior, in a way that even made me think I wasn’t worthy of being loved.
Despite having to grapple with those feelings, I never allowed it to take away my hope and courage. I knew I wouldn’t be defined by my illness and I was determined to live a full life in spite of it. I was blessed to be supported by a loving family and friends who encouraged me to keep going.
One of the greatest gifts I have been given is the knowledge of how strong I am. Through my struggles and trials, I have grown wiser, gaining resilience and strength far beyond my years. I have learned to fight for what I believe in and to never give up.
My journey with Cystic Fibrosis has taught me many things and I have learned to truly appreciate the little things. I have come to realise that life should be lived with joy and gratitude and that is why I have become passionate about spreading awareness of this disease.
Cystic Fibrosis may be my story, but it may also be someone else’s. I hope that by inspiring others, I can help to break down some of the stigma and prejudice associated with this illness. I want people to understand that this isn’t a death sentence; that it can be managed with proper medical care and that there are others out there who understand what it feels like to live with it.
Above all, I want people to know that no matter the physical or emotional battles, we can all keep pushing forwards. I am living proof that we can fight and, with love, courage and strength, love a full and meaningful life with Cystic Fibrosis.