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Our Accomplishments

People living with CF are truly inspiring. Whether it’s beating the odds, building a family, reaching career goals, or crossing adventures off your bucket list, there’s so much to be accomplished. Here are some of our community member’s favourite accomplishments – what’s yours?

  • “I feel like I want to say my three year old son… But that’s not exactly an accomplishment as of yet. I was pretty pumped about graduating from College almost ten years ago. I hated the program but I love my job. And I’m not sure how it counts as an accomplishment, but I’m happy that I’ve stayed involved with horses… Something I loved since I was very small and brings me lots of joy.” – Jess Best
  • “Raising my daughter would be first by far. Doing the Scotiabank 5k with O2 was another. Travelling to four continents as well!” – Rob Burtch
  • “I have many favorite accomplishments: having a career, a wonderful understanding husband, amazing supportive friends and more than I could ever need. And….climbing the 555 stairs up to the top of the cupola at St. Peter’s Basilica (Vatican City)!” – Brenda Chambers-Ivey
  • “My favorite accomplishment is graduating college. It took me 7 years due to being too sick to continue and having to drop out time after time. It took 4 programs, 4 schools and too many tears to count…but I never allowed myself to think giving up was an option.” – Meaghan MacRury
  • “The most recent: last summer I managed to make it to the top of Fortress Mountain… a beast of a mountain. It was my fourth attempt (the other tries it was too early in the year or missed our turn and ended up two valleys over or the time I had a fever and my body couldn’t quite do it) and I had just been discharged from hospital after what seemed like a pretty crappy year CF-wise. It POURED the entire day and we literally were the only people crazy enough to be up there. But wow did it feel good to finally be at the top (and pretend the view was amazing because it was too cloudy to see anything).” – Megan Parker
  • “I managed to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education when I was 23. I wasn’t sure I would be able to accomplish this, but my health cooperated – I only needed a couple of hospitalizations during the 5-year degree, and I was able to extend my practicum when I had to take some time off for my health. It was a major accomplishment for me! Finding a job in my field has been a whole other thing though – working with kids isn’t great when you’re worried about germs!” – Terra Stephenson
  • “I have two. My marriage: I have been with my wife since I was 16. She is my hero in every way. Though not really an accomplishment, it is easily what I am most grateful for. My accomplishment would be my teaching career spanning 20 years. By the end of my career I was a High School Physical Education Department Head. The best part of my career was having the knowledge and foresight to recognize how lucky I was as each day offered moments of wonder and awe. I got to live out a dream every day at “work.” It was a privilege. I am still living the first “dream,” with Susan. That notion is so profound I have no, and needn’t offer, any words for.” – Alex McCombes

Have insights you would also like to share? To be quoted in our blog please contact Terra at tgillespie@cysticfibrosis.ca