Dana Curry's Motivational Tips

Positivity and the opportunity to be around for the “long haul” are what motivate Dana Curry to do her daily treatments. Hear Dana's top tips for staying on top of her CF treatment plan.

Dec. 14, 2015 | 2 min read
Robert Fay

As a person without cystic fibrosis, what amazes me is the amount of time, effort and dedication it takes to perform daily airway clearance techniques (ACTs). The truth about me: I have issues with motivating myself to do many "eat my vegetables" types of things. Some days, I don't shower -- which is far easier than the hours involved in airway clearance. And I can get negative when I think I haven't done something that I know I should have.

That's why I was struck by Dana Curry's video. She is relentlessly positive in the way she motivates herself. Dana says she became even more motivated to perform ACTs after she married her husband Will, realizing that she wanted to be there for him for a long time to come. Her positivity shows up in how she approaches her treatments, too. She finds that rewarding herself is the best motivational tool for her. She'll watch her favorite show, Ellen, while she does her afternoon ACTs.

“I find that I do much better when I reward myself for doing my treatments than if I miss something and give myself a hard time.”

 Check out the video below to see how infectious Dana's attitude is.

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In his job as a medical communications writer, Robert is charged with writing material that helps people with CF and their families gain a better understanding of the disease and to make informed decisions about care. Prior to joining the CF Foundation, Robert wrote web-based patient education material for 10 years in Boston, where he also began playing hockey. In 2012, the northern Virginia native returned to the Washington, D.C., area after 16 years away.

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