This is in response to Ronnie’s post asking if you were born again would you choose to have CF or would you choose not to have CF:
I agree with Ronnie, having CF has taught me so many things and I couldn’t picture myself living my life the way I do without it. Through being in the hospital or being sick I have learned who my true friends are, and I have come to realize how much my family really loves me. Some people don’t get that realization until much later in life. It’s important that I know I have people who love and support me, and I appreciate that so much.
I have learned what to appreciate in life and what is not important. I appreciate time spent with friends, laughing, and achieving success. I realize that things like fighting and judging are a waste of time, because when it comes down to it… those things don’t matter. I try to avoid fights with the people I love, or even the people I disagree with, because I’ve seen how damaging negativity can be.
And CF has taught me so much about what it means to be healthy, and how I am the one who can control my health. I look at people my age doing drugs, smoking, drinking and sometimes I wish they could see life through my eyes, and how destroying a perfect body is like eating a 5 course meal in front of someone who has just starved for weeks on a desert island. I’m not saying that “healthy” people lack the knowledge to know that these choices are harmful, but I know that the experiences I have had are enough to embed in my mind that I would never want to make those choices. And I thank CF for that.
I value the morals that CF has given me, I wouldn’t trade my life to be healthy because my spirit would be infected. I can’t say this for sure, but I think without CF I would be a lot more selfish. I wouldn’t care as much about others and about my own life. CF gives me a reality check every day, and opens my eyes to what life is really about. I believe my LIFE is healthy because of CF. So yeah, I would chose a healthy LIFE over a healthy body any day.