CF Life tip of the day: Instead of using expensive box tissues, buy some cheap but soft rolls of toilet paper to keep near where you spend the majority of your time e.g. bed, car, desk, etc. That way you have something to cough into instead of your hand, tissues for your nose, and even a “napkin” in a pinch. (January 27, 2017)

CF Life tip of the day: Do not compare yourself to people who aren’t walking in your shoes, or who have never walked in shoes like yours…Trying to fit in is just human nature, but be happy with your place in life and find the places, people, and activities that make you the person you want to be. It pays dividends to be happy being YOU. (January 28, 2017)

CF Life tip of the day: pick up a pack of sterile rubber gloves next time you are at the pharmacy…put a couple in baggies and keep some in your car, your favorite jacket, etc. The next time you have to pump gas, or use a public restroom, slip the gloves on and cut down on the chance that you’ll get some kind of nasty bacteria, or germs from stuff. Especially because people are so ignorant about good hygiene. It’s a huge stress reliever when you need to do something and there the gloves are…less worry! (February 1, 2017)

CF Life tip of the day: An empty bottle cleaned and dried out, then lined with a plastic baggy is a great way to carry a re-usable spit bottle around. When you’re almost full, zip the baggy up, and throw it away, then put in a new one. Boom! Now you have to only bring 1 bottle for a day, and off to the races…you’re good to go for the whole day. For the cost of a couple plastic baggies. (February 3, 2017)

CF Life tip of the day: Don’t neglect your physical appearance, I have been guilty of this frequently, not getting haircut’s, or wearing sweatpants out…keeping yourself looking good, even if you don’t feel good, can in and of itself boost your mood, and give you a mental edge. As well as dressing nice, it definitely makes you feel better about yourself, and boosts your self-image. (February 15, 2017)

CF Life tip of the day: Don’t let your anger or frustration with your situation dictate how you treat people, always be kind, and if you feel like you’re going to “blow up” go close yourself in a room take 5-10 deep breaths, and try to think about the positive interaction you have had with that person. Not blowing up on someone when you don’t really mean to direct anger at them is a great feeling, and after a couple of times of harnessing in your aggression or negative feeling of any kind, it will become easier, and each time it feels a bit more satisfying. (February 21, 2017)

CF Life tip of the day: Caloric intake is extremely important for people with CF, but it is very hard to always eat healthy when your focus is calories, junk food tends to be packed with them, but the stuff that’s better for you usually is a little more diverse in nutrients and maybe a little lower calorically, so fast food for instance. Not always the healthiest choice, but high calories and easy to get in your body. The best way to get the best of both worlds is to figure out your favorite things from all the fast-food places you like to go and then find out their nutritional value. After you have a few options choose the healthiest one and when you need something in a pinch try to stick to that, now a burger and fries is not bad occasionally, but if you can sub a salad with some chicken on it, or a few biscuits with honey maybe some butter. It will become a little bit like second nature to choose the healthiest thing out of your group of choices. And you’ll feel better about splurging on a cheat day if you usually don’t go full grease and fat mode. (November 7, 2017)