Sam was born on November 17, 2005. On December 1, 2005 he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. I still remember it like it was yesterday. The first question I had was, "what is cystic fibrosis?" I learned all I could and still am to this day. Since that diagnosis, Sam's health has been really great. His doctor, Dr. James Royall, at Children's Hospital says Sam is his model patient.
As he gets older, though, I can really start to see the affects of CF on his body. Sam's breathing is heavier, he gets tired easier, he coughs more and he has to take more breaks and more medicine. But, this will not stop Sam. He is determined to push through it. He runs track, runs through the house, runs down the street, runs through the park and isn't' stopping for anything! He says, "mama I am going to have a strong body because I have to." This statement tells me Sam will never give up fighting for a cure and I will not either. He is hopeful for a cure and always tells me that his "magic pill" will be invented soon.I have this hope too because as a mom it's hard to watch your son take breathing treatment after breathing treatment, pill after pill and go see doctor after doctor. I know he will not have to do this for the rest of his life because there are people like you who care enough to help Sam fight this disease. But, Sam is not the only one fighting. There are approximately 30,000 Americans living with cystic fibrosis. They are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, friends and co-workers who struggle every day just to breathe. Sam is such a joy and a light in my life and in the lives of others. I hope you will help us keep that light shining brightly.