November 12 2014

Kayla Vess

I was born and raised in Missouri, and diagnosed with CF at 3 months old. Now, I am almost a year post double-lung transplant – my life has gone through an enormous change. Although I was always fairly healthy before my transplant, my new lungs have given me the opportunity to really get into the gym and become an athlete. Exercising now plays a huge role in my life. I feel stronger from my daily trips to the gym in which I lift weights and focus on cardio workouts. Something that I am very proud of is that I was able to finish a sprint-triathlon only eight months after transplant. One day I hope to compete in an Ironman. I would also love to do the 65 mile, 65 Roses, bike ride one day. Riding my bike is definitely one of my favorite hobbies.

I have made quite a few sacrifices to maintain my health. Cystic fibrosis certainly is an added weight when it comes to my relationships with family and friends, but I know I have to give up social time so I can keep doing the things that I love. CF is a time consuming disease. Despite having CF, I do think I am very outgoing and I love spending time with my family and friends, there is nothing better.

People should have faith in modern medicine!

My favorite color is Pink.
I have visited Hawaii in the past; I want to go back someday.
Christmas is my favorite holiday.
I love Chinese food.
My favorite movie is Legally Blonde.
Soccer is my favorite sport.