After my lung transplant, I discovered I couldn't keep eating the typical high-calorie CF diet. By learning to practice mindful eating, I have found a new way to enjoy my food.
Jena was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 2 years old while living overseas. Despite facing several obstacles, she obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology and master's in social work. Her career has been focused in community mental health and crisis. She received a lung transplant on May 19, 2017, which allows her to continue service in her community. She is passionate about family, food, travel, and humanity.
As a social worker, my career has been primarily focused on crisis intervention and psychiatric hospitalizations for those with mental illness. It wasn't until I received a double-lung transplant that I learned firsthand just how important mental health and trauma management can be.