June 08 2009

Meranda Honaker

“We always have to have hope that things will work out in a good way.”

When I was eight months old, I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Growing up in the heat of North Carolina, I lived a normal, active childhood. Living with CF became more challenging during my late teenage years when I developed CF-related diabetes. I have been able to overcome the most difficult days by maintaining a positive attitude, following my doctors’ orders, and most importantly, by being as physically active as possible.

During my years as a high school student at New Hope Academy, I learned the importance of routine exercise and being compliant with my healthcare. By participating in routine physical activities such as tennis, swimming, and jogging on the treadmill daily, I have more energy, less stress, and an overall improvement in my ability to lead a full life.

Now, I am 26 years old, and I continue to put my healthcare first. Currently, I am a full-time online college student and am working toward receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from the University of Phoenix in 2012. I hope to use the knowledge I gain in college to educate and encourage other members of the CF community.

My favorite…
Food is Mexican
Movie is The Notebook
Color is Carolina Blue (Go Tar Heels!)
Music is anything I can dance to
My role model is Tiffany Christensen
My dream vacation is to go to Disney World.