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What are you thankful for?

It’s Thanksgiving! While its important all year long to think about what we are thankful for, it’s especially relevant today. While we’ve asked our community what they are thankful for, we’d also love to hear from you. Here’s what we’ve been told so far:

  • “I am thankful for many things in my life, in particular: A husband who loves me for who I am (including the fact that I have CF and that it has moulded me into the person I am now), personal strength and perseverance, having the capacity to help others, the chance to live a “normal” life due to the miracle of lung transplantation, amazing friends and family who have been there for me, the ability to work at a job that I enjoy, being able to volunteer and too many other things to mention………..but most of all, I am thankful to be alive!” – Brenda Chambers-Ivey
  • “I am thankful for being given an incredible opportunity this year. Last October I was struggling to find myself, I was suffering horrible side effects from drugs I had no choice but to take. I was in a very dark place and then I was given a once in a lifetime job of becoming CF Ambassador for Thyssenkrupp Elevator Canada. CF Canada was Thyssen’s first ever corporate charity initiative and it has changed my life. I have had opportunities to meet incredible people and raise both funds and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. We have raised over $80,000 in the last 10 months, how could I be anything other than grateful for that? Life has a funny way of working out and putting you exactly where you need to be even if you don’t understand the reason why right away.” – Meaghan Macrury
  • “I am thankful for so many things. I am thankful for the relationships in my life, my life experiences and the fullness I feel when I reflect upon my life. I am thankful to the people who work tirelessly to make life better for those with cystic fibrosis. I am thankful for my life challenges… stay with me here, for helping to frame my perspective on life. I am able to embrace each day with gratitude and humble thanks, as I am able to see and celebrate the simple things life has to offer. Most of all I am thankful for the love I feel through my entire being everyday.” – Alex McCombes
  • “Time – time with my family, friends. Time the team at Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Dr’s and heath care staff, and for my donor for giving more time with them.” – Rob Burtch
  • “This year I’m most thankful for two things. The first is, I’m so very thankful for our gestational surrogate, for allowing my husband and I to become what we’ve wanted most in the world, to become parents. I can’t possibly express how thankful I am and always will be, for the incredibly selfless gift she has given us. She has a very special place in my heart that is and always will be reserved just for her. The second thing I’m most thankful for is our son, Charlie. Charlie has filled my heart with more love, happiness and joy then I ever knew existed. I’ve never experienced this kind of love before. Having the profound privilege of being Charlie’s Mom has made me more grateful, more loving and has filled my life with more meaning than I ever imagined. He’s also given me a little more will in my fight against cystic fibrosis. My family has always been the encouragement I needed in my attempts to stay as healthy as possible, but Charlie is now my reason for it. I am simply overflowing with gratitude and appreciation.” – Kim Wood
  • “I am thankful for the life I have. I feel so lucky to have my health, my family, my job and my dog.” – Mackenzie Norris
  • “I am so thankful to have been born at this time in the world’s history – the year I was born was the year that the CF gene was discovered in DNA, and since then, the progress in CF care has been phenomenal. I know that my life would have been far more difficult if I didn’t have access to daily treatments and excellent medical care from a well-trained CF team. For these same reasons, I am also so thankful to live in Canada, where these things are available!” – Terra Stephenson
  • “I am thankful for my wife, my son, and the family and friends who’ve stuck by me through the rollercoaster ride I’ve been on since starting Kalydeco, despite the challenges it has presented with this new life.” – Timothy Vallillee
  • “It’s hard to pick only one thing to be thankful for. I think there are times when it feels that there is nothing to be thankful for, but, there always is. I am a pretty healthy CF patient. I am able to work and have a family and do things I find fun (horseback riding and camping). I have many people around me who love me. My daily life is not riddled with doubts, worries or concerns.” – Jess Best


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