Author: Lauren

My Whole30 Experience: Cystic Fibrosis Edition

My whole life, doctors have told me to keep eating to keep my weight up. With CF, it is difficult to absorb nutrients, so I’ve always been small and life has always been a battle to maintain my weight. In some ways, I saw the positive in this. It meant I could eat McDonald’s whenever I wanted. It meant that I could have that extra cookie, or doughnut, or choose the fried clams instead of the baked fish. Calories were nothing to me, except that I needed a lot of them, at whatever cost, however I could manage it....

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What adulting has to do with my chronic illness crystal ball

July is a sneaky month, one minute cool days and colder nights give way to long days, heavy air, and sunshine in New England. I always gauge the progression of summer by how close my birthday in early August is, and from that point on summer seems to fly right into fall. So I was taken by surprise when we wrapped up the fourth of July and my birthday was looming in a month. I’m at that point where I sometimes forget how old I actually am, because in my mind I’ve been 27 since April… rounding up for convenience. But...

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How he knew he wanted to marry me

The other day, my fiancĂ© Kyle and I were laying on the couch talking about our upcoming wedding, in 2 months.  We had recently decided to write our own vows and he was nervously venting about how stressful it would be to get everything he wanted to say out of his head and onto paper, that could ever express how much I meant to him, and all that sappy stuff, in front of all of our friends and family no less. I sighed jokingly at first, “I just can’t believe you want to marry me, with everything I come along...

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How you win

Have you ever watched the fastest people in a marathon or other big race and wondered “how do they run so fast!?” You ogle at how fast their time was, and think “I could never do that.”  Today I met someone who could.  My fiancĂ©, Kyle, and I have been waking up just before 5 am for the past few months to go to the gym. This morning, I sorted through my shirts and picked my Falmouth Road Race t-shirt… maybe a bit subconsciously as I was feeling a little bummed out that I didn’t sign up this year,...

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