November 19 2014

Medora Frei

“You get to choose the color of your own sky everyday.”

I was only very recently diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, just a few years ago when I was 18. For the most part, my lungs are healthy, I really only have issues with my pancreas. It was a shock being diagnosed so late in life. I unfortunately, had to drop out of my high school track team when I found out I had CF. It was such a hard thing to do since I had competed at the state championship when I was on the team, one of my proudest moments in life.

Since I have been diagnosed, though, I have gotten back to exercising. I try to run 3 or 4 miles every day. I am convinced that keeps my lungs healthy. Running makes me feel great.

CF still remains a challenge. It has definitely affected my social life. I have found that I spend less time with my friends, especially when someone isn’t feeling well, I just can’t risk it. My family has also struggled with medical bills.

Despite having cystic fibrosis, I attend Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and I know that I am not alone. I’m just always trying to have fun and laugh.

I love music and play the mandolin.
My favorite band is the Avett Brothers.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.
Yellow is my favorite color.
I love the Harry Potter movies.
If I could go anywhere in the world, it would be Ireland.