Limitless, Lovable, Loyal Lisa
I want you to take a minute and imagine that you are breathing through a coffee stirrer. Purse your lips together and only breath through your mouth. It is difficult to do even for a short period of time. Now imagine breathing like that your entire life, struggling for each breath. This is something my best friend Lisa deals with each day. She has Cystic Fibrosis. But she is so much more than that. She is my personal hero and I could not imagine my life without her. Today I want to share some of the qualities that make her so important to me. Today I will tell you about my limitless, lovable, and loyal Lisa.
Low to that child which kissed on the forehead tastes salty, he is bewitched and will soon die. This folklore handed down through the ages is an early description of the disease now known as Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 people in the United States. Lisa was diagnosed with CF when she was just 2 yrs old. She wasn’t given the best prognosis. The doctors told her parents she would probably not live to the age of 9. But she did. Next they said she would probably not live to be 14. But she did. They said she would never graduate high school. But she did. They said she would never live on her own or have children. But she did.. These kinds of expectations for anyone would be enough to make them feel hopeless. But what I so admire about Lisa is how she doesn’t let it get her down. Lisa has never let her disease define her or her life. She has always gone above and beyond the limitations of her disease. She not only graduated high school she got her Associates degree in Interior Design. She not only lived on her own but she went away to go to college in Florida. She not only has a child but he is an amazing and healthy 12 yr. old. She has traveled to 5 countries, backpacked through the Spencer Mountains, and explored the Grand Canyon....
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