Author: Lauren

A word about Hope

Hope is a scary thing. Some argue that positivity breeds false hope. That thinking too much on the bright side will only leave you let down. I don’t necessarily believe that… but I DO believe in a thing called Rhope… that is Reasonable Hope. Rhope is when you believe that what you are hopeful for can be accomplished if YOU do something about it. Rhope isn’t praying for an easy way out, its MAKING an easy way out. Rhope isn’t wishing at 11:11 for a miracle, Rhope is believing that you have the ability to produce a miracle. But...

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Lets be Happy Today

My mom’s favorite quote is “Happiness is a decision.” You can decide to be happy… or you can decide to be miserable. No matter what your situation, whether your stressed out from school or work or in my case having CF, if you choose to be miserable, it’s going to be a lot worse. I decide almost every day to be happy, you can tell by the smile plastered across my face. I’m too busy enjoying everything life has to offer to be sad, or stressed, or miserable. So decide to be happy today. Enjoy the sun, the flowers,...

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CF Hero

I’d like to ask you to take some time to vote for a real CF hero in the Apple Bees Heros contest. She has defied the odds and has run a half marathon all raising money for CF! She even has her own organization dedicated to “rocking CF” and raising awareness. She is truly a hero and I admire and respect her for everything she does! Her name is Emily Schaller. PLEASE CLICK HERE to vote for Emily!...

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The Past: My First Admission

I was lucky to have gone in the hospital a full 4 years after my diagnosis. I was seven years old and in the first grade. My cleanout was scheduled for the first two weeks of school. It didn’t really hit me too hard that I would be missing my first two weeks in the big school, with a full 6 hour schedule. I had to do what I had to do. I was in a double room with a little girl who loved to watch Nickelodeon. I was shy, and never said much to her. The hospital was scary. Getting my picc line placed was frightening. I didn’t know what was happening, it was a first time for everything. But I had my mom right by my side the whole time to ease my fears. I got to pick a new color to wrap my picc line in every couple days. The hospital turned out being more fun than expected. I had visitors almost every day, and I got so many cards and gifts. I had tons of stuffed animals once I went home and all sorts of things to keep me busy. I kept a journal and had everyone sign it when they came in. My favorite place was the “Activity Room” where I could go and play with other patients and we would show off our...

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