My freshman year is officially over, the stress of my last final paper is gone. Grades have been released and I even made the Dean’s List! I can’t believe that the year is over and the summer has begun, but it is just in time. Looking back, I learned so much about myself. I’ve learned how to be responsible and managed to balance CF care with getting an education. I was only really sick once during the year, with the exception of this past bug. For all of you CF parents reading, your kids will be able to live normal lives with this disease, just look at me!

Coming home after a year of college really makes you see who your real friends really are. My best ones from home were concerned how I was doing and understood that I needed to stay in most nights. When I did see them, they made me laugh and we had so much fun. Others never bothered to say hello since I’ve been back, but those are the ones who were never really there to begin with. I’m so lucky to have a great group of friends at Stonehill too. They have shown me so much love, support, and laughter!

There’s nothing like a slap in the face from CF to make me realize how grateful I am for the little things in life, a sunny day, a hug from mom, my Labrador dog resting her head in my lap. Spending time at home has made me feel so much better… especially after nights awake coughing and days throwing up all the mucus stuck in my lungs. I needed a few lazy days to start feeling my best.

Vacation can’t come soon enough, I’m going to Florida with my best friend at 7 am tomorrow. I’m so happy I was able to start feeling better without IVs! I truly believe that being in such a positive environment and laughing has contributed greatly to my recovery (and I’m sure the prednizone helped a bit too 😉 ) I can’t wait to sit on the beach with my best buddy, soaking up rays and relaxing the days away. I will update in 10 days!