My daughter Mateah (Teah for short), was diagnosed at 2 years old. From that moment on all of our lives were changed for the better!
Mateah is now 5 and is a loving, passionate, enthusiastic, family orientated ball of fire! She plays T-ball and takes karate, taught by her very own pa-pa. She enjoy's anything that has her family in it! She loves camping, shopping, getting her nails done, playing outside, putting on shows, playing doctor, anything with water, going on adventures and Disneyland! Mateah is caring and sensitive, she is smart and creative.
She was granted a Make-A-Wish in 2016 and we all took a family trip to Disneyland, A memory I hope she never forgets.
Although, it's not always sunshine and rainbows. She has to endure time intensive nebulizer treatments and what we call her Shaker vest several times a day, allergy medicines, special vitamin's and creon with everything. Doctors appointments with 5 different specialists a month and labs and imaging in between. She recently had to have a PICC line put in and endure a 2 week stay at the hospital for a upper respiratory infection. She is still recovering for this, but is handling it like a true champ!
Mateah has taught me so much about life and living. We hug longer, love deeper, smile often, don't sweat the small stuff and value every moment of everyday!
We are blessed with an amazing family and support system. We are surrounded by love and hope. Hope that one day she will grow up and grow old, hope that her dreams will come true, hope that she can do anything!
There are approximately 30,000 Americans living with cystic fibrosis. They are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, friends, and co-workers who struggle every day just to breathe. We walk for them. Will you join us? To become a member of our team, just click on the "Join our Team" button. From there you can make a donation and start your fundraising.
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Great Strides is a fun, family-friendly event that raises awareness and support for people with CF and their families.
Important note on Attendance at Foundation Events:
Infections can exacerbate CF symptoms and worsen lung function, so we ask attendees at Foundation-sponsored events to observe the following best practices to reduce the risk of germ transmission:
Regularly wash hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand gel.
Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow.
Maintain a safe 6-foot distance from anyone with a cold or infection.
To further reduce the risk of cross-infection, the Foundation’s attendance policy recommends that all people with CF maintain a safe 6-foot distance from each other at all times while attending an outdoor Foundation-sponsored event. All Great Strides walks are non-smoking events.