Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Hooray for another year!! #36inthemix So blessed! Holy cow!! 36 who would of thought?!? 😳 So exciting!! I love every year that I am blessed to be here with ALL of you. I love getting older, it's a privilege denied by many. Aging is a gift that I am so very proud of, I may even be proud of this wrinkle I just found on my forehead. 😉 Each breath I breathe truly is a gift, better than any gift I can open. Help me celebrate my birthday today by spreading your love to someone who may or may not need it... Make someone's heart smile today! Thank you ALL for being a part of my life and always supporting me and cheering me on. The people in my life are my favorite things...and after that, well nothing else matters. They say "The most important things in life aren't things at all" and I couldn't agree more. Take the time today to count your blessings... I think you will find that your blessings are truly endless, I know mine are. I am truly the luckiest girl I know!! Cheers to 36 in the mix, may it be as amazing as all my other years!! I'm getting so old and I absolutely LOVE it!! Breathe out Love!! Xo❤
Monday, May 18, 2015
Yay Lissa is at it again... after a well deserved break she is back in the studio. We retired some of the old Love To Breathe® Pendants and are excited to launch some new styles based off my artwork... What better way to promote CF awareness than wearing one of these beautiful pendants next to your heart.
These pendants are made from precious metal clay, which is organic material infused with pure silver dust. In the kiln the clay burns away leaving 99.9% pure silver behind.
Check out Lissa's new creations! Her link is on LoveToBreathe.com under the more option. As always, 100% of her profits are donated to the CF Foundation. Thank you so much Lissa!!
Breathe out Love! Xo❤️
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
What is Airway Clearance?! Airway clearance helps loosen the sticky mucus from the lungs so it can be huffed or coughed out. Airway clearance helps CFers stay healthy and breathe easier. Clearing the airways also reduces lung infections and improves lung function, it is typically done after inhaled medications. There are many different forms of airway clearance and because every patient is so different, each technique works differently for everyone. I always do PepMask seen in this photo, combined with "Somergenics" 😉 which is my own technique combining 'Autogenic Drainage' and 'Active Cycle Breathing'. I basically take a variety of breaths at different levels in my lungs that moves the mucus up, so I can easily huff it out. I think everyone should learn how to huff cough it's saved my life many a times. I once choked on a gusher (fruit snack), and had no idea what to do, I kept huff coughing and finally with an extreme amount of force the fruit snack dislodged and flew out of my mouth.... this is just one of the many times CF has been a blessing in disguise. 😉 As a CFer gets older they will be able to tell what form of airway clearance works best for them. As always please feel free to share so we can make more people aware!
Breathe out Love! Xo❤
Monday, May 4, 2015
It's a unspeakable bond I can't quite explain. An understanding, and a love that's shared deep within us all. To know each other is a blessing. We are a like in so many ways, yet so different at the same time. Each and every one of us is truly one of a kind, we have one thing that connects us all that puts us in the company of some of the strongest, most amazing people. Our common thread isn't something you want to have, but there isn't a choice and we make the best of it. We surround ourselves with these amazing people and we stick together! The CF community is strong, caring and committed. We fight together for one thing, a CURE...and we will continue to fight until that one day that we can all be together!! I love all my Cysters and Fibros, they mean the world to me. I'm beyond grateful and so lucky to be in the company of these amazing individuals. Please feel free to share or tag someone you love with CF. I whole heartedly believe that together we will find that sought after cure.
Breathe out love! Xo ❤️
Friday, May 1, 2015
Sometimes we often hear "But you don't look sick"... If only people had X-ray vision.
May is Cystic Fibrosis awareness month and it just happens to be my Birthday month...coincidence?! I think not!! 😉 So please join me and let's make everyone aware...CF needs a cure!! This is my actual X-ray, I call these my pearly whites. The white is irreversible scarring from the mucus and the many lung infections which result in loss of lung function, my lung function is currently at 27%.
CF is a genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and the digestive system. It causes our bodies to produce a thick sticky mucus. The mucus builds up in the lungs and can lead to life threatening lung infections. A CFers day consists of hours of breathing treatments, airway clearance, exercise, and handfuls of pills to try and stay healthy.
We will continue to do our part, until that one day CF stands for CURE FOUND!! Breathe out love! Xo ❤