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What Inspires You?

While we are constantly inspired by people thriving with cystic fibrosis, we know that everyone needs to draw inspiration from somewhere. Our CF community is full of wonderful, diverse folks who are inspired by many things. Share your inspirations with us after reading this post!

  • “Life inspires me! There is so much to do and see. How could you not want to just go for it! My husband of 20 year inspires me to be a better person every day.  My family and friends inspire me with their constant love and support.  Other CF survivors inspire me.  When I am having a down day I think about what other CF persons have accomplished and it pushes me to do better. It amazes me how far research and treatments have changed over the years and how a person with CF has a chance to lead an almost “normal” life.  My inspirational quote would be:  “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”. – Brenda Chambers-Ivey
  • “My family is my main motivator – I want to make sure that I am as healthy as possible for as long as possible so that we get as much time together as we can!” – Terra Stephenson
  • “My wife Susan inspires, motivates, and leaves me awestruck every single day. I am married to my hero, my champion and the best person I have ever known. Other sources of inspiration include my family, those who continue to battle CF and those who search endlessly to find and develop treatment options, care and possibly a cure for CF.   The CF team at St. Michael’s Hospital inspires me. I find a tremendous amount of motivation through my life experiences, people I have come to know and even my own achievements – all of which frame my perspective now.  For example, my teaching career (specifically working with students) continues to inspire me.  Though it has come to an end, not a day passes where I don’t recall points in my amazing career.  Each day held moments of challenge, wonder, and inspiration.  I am inspired by the possibility of what may be, not just for me, but also for all people with CF and their families.  This hope inspires me to continue to contribute, no matter how small, to the greater good. I offer my best each day whether it is taking care of others or myself.  I am a believer in acts of kindness, big and small.” – Alex McCombes
  • “My wife inspires me. When the chips are down she is always in my corner no matter what. She knows all aspects of my CF, had been there through the worst of times and challenges me to stay healthy when I don’t have the drive. It’s definitely important to stay motivated when it comes to living with CF especially when it beats you up a little bit. Having someone in your corner through all the good and bad times is the best motivator to stay healthy. I hope you have someone. If not… use me! I’m 49 years old and believe that “Life is long… Don’t make it short!”” – Timothy Vallillee
  • “My family is my main motivator – I want to make sure that I am as healthy as possible for as long as possible so that we get as much time together as we can!” – Terra Stephenson
  • “My family. I am inspired to continue to be there with them enjoying life as we grow old together. It motivates me to take care of my body and my medication. I am really inspired by other CF patients who are doing great things and continue to push the boundaries of health, impact locally and globally. Tommy Danger is a climbing athlete who is currently climbing the highest mountain on each continent. As he is doing this he is raising money for Cystic Fibrosis. His charity More Than Just Me has been inspirational to many people with CF. He promotes men and women who are doing amazing things with CF as well. Even though he doesn’t have CF he has been relentless in finding a cure.” – Rob Burtch
  • “My family inspires me. I want to be there for them and have a family of my own one day. I run to keep CF from getting in the way of that.” – Mackenzie Norris

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