WATCH: Carrie Giddens and Her Journey to Becoming a Mother

In this “Living Today” video, we learn how Carrie Giddens, a 30-year-old with CF, and her husband, Craig, decided to have their first child through IVF and surrogacy.

May 27, 2016 | 1 min read
Carolyn Kilkus

To me, the Giddens are a family of superheroes. They've fought -- and continue to fight  -- through so many incredible challenges and setbacks. 

Living with cystic fibrosis, Carrie has always been a fighter. After her miracle twin boys were born via IVF and surrogacy, Carrie lost her brother, Bryan, to CF. While still mourning his death, she suddenly found herself in the hospital waiting for a double-lung transplant. With her superhero family by her side, she punched, kicked and tackled CF to the ground.  

Hearing the Giddens' story of courage and hope was incredible. They told me how their lives have been filled with miracles, but I know that's not necessarily true. I believe that they've created those miracles themselves by fighting hard and never giving up. 

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In her role as video manager, Carolyn produces and directs most of the Foundation's video content. Her love and passion for video goes hand-in-hand with her love and passion for sharing the stories of people with CF and helping to spread awareness of the disease. Carolyn earned her B.S. in mass communications from Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Md. She currently lives in downtown Bethesda, Md., with her husband Jay.

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