October 30 2014

Whittney Griffith

"For what it's worth: it's never too late to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit, start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of, and if you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again."

 

I was just six weeks old when I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, so I have never known was it is to be “normal.” As I got older, my mom really helped me own my disease by making treatments fun and by encouraging my friends to come with me to my hospital visits. Her positive attitude about my disease has helped me stay healthy and out of the hospital.

I have a pretty regular routine – I wake up early to do treatments, like my vest, breathing treatments, enzymes, and anti-bodies every two weeks. While I don’t exercise as often as I should, my brother – who is a cross fit trainer – is helping me prepare for a Spartan race. I am looking forward to the challenge, even though I am a little intimidated.

Today, I am in college studying PR and Marketing and looking forward to graduating, have been married for two years to a wonderful man, and try to enjoy every single day by spending it with people I love.

My favorite….
Color: purple
Food: cheese dip
Holiday: Christmas
Movie: Anything Disney!
Sport: Cheerleading

If I could go anywhere, I would travel Europe so I could experience the history and architecture.

My mom is truly my role model – she has been there through it all.

If I could give someone recently diagnosed with CF any advice, it would be… CF is not the end of the world; it is something you can fight. It will change your life, but it will also help you appreciate the small things.