I was nervous about deciding to go to college — how would CF and the intensity of college fit together? There have been more than a few bumps along the way, but I’ve learned that through everything, I got this.
I initially struggled with how to share about my cystic fibrosis with people I met when I started college. Here’s what I learned.
When I went off to college it was up to me to manage my cystic fibrosis for the first time without help from my family. I felt fine after skipping my medications and decided to stop using my noisy vest because it embarrassed me, and I wanted to make friends at my new school. As a result, I stayed in the hospital for a few weeks and left with a new perspective on life.
For many, attending college is one of life's important milestones, and a big step towards building the future you want. Having cystic fibrosis doesn't mean you can't pursue your academic goals and dreams, but a new environment can present new obstacles and challenges.
When I was in college, I wanted to do it all and my health wasn’t as much of a priority anymore. I learned to accept that things will not always go according to plan and to integrate routine in my life to ensure my health comes first.
Tomorrow's Leaders is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's young professionals group, offering members the opportunity to connect with others, learn and grow personally and professionally, all while making a difference in the lives of those living with cystic fibrosis.
A virtual program for current and recent college students who want to continue building new leadership, advocacy, and fundraising skills to make a difference on their campuses and beyond.