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Jeremy Vosbourgh: I look forward to living until I am an old man

My name is Jeremy Vosbourgh and I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba with my wife Tara and our 10-year-old daughter Daryn. I work full time as a police officer and I enjoy spending my time with my family and friends playing games, watching movies or hanging out. I am also an avid Crossfitter and hockey player.

I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when I was two years old and most of my life I have been quite healthy. Every few years or so it seemed I would get a lung infection or flare-up, but I was treated with oral antibiotics and I was able to stay at home. In recent years, the flare-ups have been more serious and have required a few hospitalizations and IVs which I am not very good at handling but I will always do what is required to get better. To contribute to my good health, I lead a very active lifestyle which has included weight training and multiple sports. I also take my nutrition seriously and make sure to eat healthy, real foods that are high in proteins and fats but not ‘junk’ food.

When I first heard about Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s Tough Questions campaign, I was eager to participate as I am willing to do almost anything to end cystic fibrosis. I am rarely bothered by sharing intimate details of my life, but when I learned my part was going to be based on a conversation between my daughter and I in which she asked me if I was going to die, that caught me off guard. I knew I had shared the story with CF Canada, but I didn’t realize how thought-provoking this question could be for others.

The first time I was hospitalized that my daughter was aware of was in 2015 when she was seven. That situation was difficult for her and she asked me if I was going to die, as recent to that we had lost my father to illness. I explained to her that I was going to die, as does everyone, but that I would die when I was an old man a long time from then. I explained that cystic fibrosis is very serious, but I spend a lot of effort taking care of myself and there were great medications and treatment options to help me. I also told her there were many doctors and researchers working hard to create better treatments for me and people like me. That was a very difficult conversation for me have with her, and it made me think a lot about how I care for myself.

My hopes are to watch my daughter grow into a woman and to grow old with my wife Tara. I look forward to living until I am an old man and taking in all of the experiences my life has yet to offer. I am a firm believer that donations made to Cystic Fibrosis Canada will contribute to the research and care needed for me, and all people living with cystic fibrosis, to live long and full lives.

Help create a future for Jeremy and his daughter, Daryn where the questions don’t hurt to hear and the answers are easier to give.