All birthdays are special, however, birthdays for those with Cystic Fibrosis warrant an extra special celebration! Why you ask? Despite the incredibly advanced world we live in, the average life expectancy for a person living with CF in the U.S. is a lousy 38 years. Although far too low (in my personal opinion), this number has risen significantly through the years. In 1955 children diagnosed with CF were not expected to live long enough to attend grade school*. Diagnosed in 1972, my husband’s family was told he would probably never live to graduate high school, but he did! And he keeps on living, fighting, and defying those ugly odds.
Today Jody turns 41 which means a celebration is in order! Last year I threw a big 40th birthday “Minute to Win It” game show themed party (see picture). This year won’t be quite so extravagant, but we’ll celebrate nonetheless.
Happy Birthday Jody! You are a fighter, and I appreciate everything you do each and every day to keep yourself healthy; the countless pills, nebulizer treatments, chest percussion (when I remind you), weight gaining shakes, and sometimes even the cumbersome IV’s. I hope your efforts are rewarded with many more birthday’s to come!