February 10 2012

Norma Jean Lindsey

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present.

I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of 53 and it changed my life. I was sick my entire life, constantly in and out of the hospital. Because of my illness, I did not start school until I was seven. In spite of this set back and because of my love of school, I eventually earned math education degrees and taught high school math for about fifteen years. While I never participated in organized athletics, I did participate in dance, musical theater, and acrobatics. Now that I am older, I try to walk as often as possible and dance with my granddaughters to keep my lungs healthy.

I am now 68 years old and I fight every day to remain compliant. I am always grateful to my history in teaching because I consider my medications, exercise, and treatments as a type of homework – something to which I easily relate. I take my thyroid medications every day then check my email while I do my treatments and then, weather permitting; I go for a 30 minute walk.

My life and goals revolve around my family. I want to see my grandchildren grow up, get married, and give me great-grandchildren. I am the chairperson for a Great Strides 5k and am proud of the money we are able to raise annually. By raising funds for CF, I feel like I am making a difference in the future CF generations’ lives. I constantly strive to imitate my father’s strength and bravery and hope to always make my family proud of the way I fight.

My favorite…
Color is… pink
Food is… Italian
Holiday is… Christmas
Movie is… The Sound of Music
Athlete is… Larry Bird 
If I could go anywhere in the world, I would… be at home with my whole family.
If I could give someone recently diagnosed with CF any advice, it would be… Stay
hopeful and remember that your diagnosis is not a death sentence.