|learning how to fight in Spain|
Each of our lives contains some struggle or a battle we must fight: whether it be beneath the surface or unfolding before the world. The battles we are facing may be different, but we are each bound together by the fight. What have I learned through each struggle with CF? I have learned while no one can fight the battle for me, I am not alone in the fight. It is honestly one of the most incredible feelings to look at my life and see the amazing people who have impacted it so greatly, or that are still a huge influence today: friends, family, my CF team, teachers, mentors, or the check out woman who genuinely smiled at me.
Even though there are so many amazing people standing next to me, ready to fight, I know first and foremost I have to be the one to lead . No one can do it for me. I am the only one in control of my life and making sure to see the beauty in each breath. You each have given me love, strength, and motivation to fight. You each have so selflessly given all you can to me and I am so truly grateful. At times I wonder who is in control, CF or me? I am the only one who can decide if CF will define my life, and I have promised myself it never will. CF will not win the battle. I am strong, I am fiercely motivated, and I am taking in life one brave breath at a time.
Think of the power you hold in shaping some one's life, even if it is something as simple as a genuine smile. Your kindness may give them what they need to fight a battle: seen or unseen. You each are fighting your own battles, and I am with you every step of the way. I only hope that I have given you the love, support, and confidence in yourself to know that you can fight. I will be there to help you stand, when all you think you can do is fall. Thank you to each of you for fighting this battle with me; you have shaped my life more than you will ever know. Love to you all.