January 01 2009

Chad Brown

“No matter what, never give up. It is your life and you only have one, so take charge and do with it what you will.”

I was diagnosed with CF at only one day old. I was always treated differently, babied in many ways. This temporarily helped me cope with my disease; however, it eventually took a negative toll on me. CF really did not affect me until I was about 21 years old. From there, it was all downhill for about four years. As a result of not taking care of myself, I was in and out of the hospital constantly, and eventually put on the transplant list.

Because of insurance issues, I moved to Seattle and my life began to change. With the help of the doctors from the University of Washington Medical Center, I was able to get a new lease on life. Being disciplined with my treatments and exercise made the biggest impact on me because I saw immediate results in my health. I believe that swimming has kept me alive. Starting off barely swimming one lap, I now swim five days a week for about 45 minutes and am feeling great! My FEV1, which at one point were in the high 20s, are now at 58% - I have more energy than ever before.

I am now pursuing a college degree in engineering, working 30 hours a week, involved in a great relationship, and looking ahead to marriage and starting a family. Life is good! 

My favorite holiday is… Thanksgiving.
My favorite food is… chicken.
I love to go to… baseball games.
My favorite movie is… field of dreams.
My favorite type of music is… blues.
My dream vacation would be to go to… Germany.
If my friends and family had to describe me, they would say I am… committed.