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My Running Journey #8 – A Little Blood and Sweat, But No Tears

Good news first… I’m finally back where I left off before I got sick in September. Finally. That doesn’t mean today was easy at all, though. My workout took me about two miles through the autumn air, but I felt some chest discomfort for the first time throughout this whole running thing. It’s nothing to be concerned...
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Breathe In Ep. #2 – College and Cystic Fibrosis

Tiffany, Lea and I head back to college in this episode of Breathe In. We debate the differences between going away to college vs being a commuter student with CF. Tiffany, who commuted to college, talks about being reliant on friends when it came to moving around campus with her oxygen concentrator, and why commuting...
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Your PFT is Just a Number

Last week I read Somer Love’s blog about PFT, or Pulmonary Function Test, Anxiety. The PFT is the gold standard of gauging lung health I respiratory illness. In many ways a patient’s visit to CF clinic revolves around the PFT. From CFF: An important result of your PFT is the FEV1 (forced expiratory volume). This measures...
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My Running Journey #7 – Getting My Fitness Back

After a long 4-5 weeks (including 3 weeks of IV), I’m finally feeling myself again. That means it’s time to start pushing this running program to reach the week 8 finish line (running pun). I’m a weekend warrior, so I haven’t had a chance to write, but my PICC line was pulled yesterday!! FREEEEDOM! via GIPHY Now...
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Breathe In Ep. #1 – Back to School

Introducing the brand new Boomer Esiason Foundation program, Breathe In: A Cystic Fibrosis Podcast! The Salty Cysters, Lea Faraone and Tiffany Rich, will be cohosting the show with me as we dive into different CF related topics from three different perspectives. Separating this program from the ones of years past, Lea, Tiffany and I are...
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Here’s a Good Headline For You, “Relief Progress”

For some reason it seems like good news is few and far between these days. We really do need some positivity, including me. I’ve been with annoying recurring health issues since May – really just a bad bounce, nothing more – but they pale in comparison to some of the larger problems that CF families have been...
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My Running Journey – Back at it

After three weeks on the shelf I finally got back out there. I’m definitely starting to feel better, though not quite back to baseline. In fact I’ve sort of been itching to try and do SOMETHING for the past week. I’m about 10 or 11 days into IV’s and around this time in the course...
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Relationship Firsts with Cystic Fibrosis

Over the weekend, my girlfriend brought up the fact that we’ve been dating for about 2 years, which is pretty cool. Here’s a wonderful picture of us: Another great Saturday with the girlfriend! This time at the Greek Festival! A post shared by Gunnar Esiason (@esiason17g) on Sep 23, 2017 at 1:26pm PDT She’s (obviously)...
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Quality of Life Can Serve as the Ultimate Motivator

So if you’ve been following the blog for the past couple of weeks, you’d know that I haven’t been feeling well. In fact I feel HORRENDOUS right now. I’ve definitely got some brain fog going, so this should be an interesting post. My little running journey was off to a GREAT start. I was feeling...
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My Running Journey – A Bump in the Road

As it turns out I am not invincible. I caught the old strep throat or some sort of virus. I guess it also turns out that I might be 11 years old. Who the hell gets strep throat after 6th grade? When things like this happen, I immediately go into crisis mode. For some reason,...
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Some of My Embarrassing #CFproblems

Everything has been so serious lately, so I want to write a blog post about some of the lighter things that we deal with in CF. Here are some typical #CFproblems I deal with on a daily basis – most of them can be pretty embarrassing, so I hope you enjoy this one at my...
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Disaster Preparedness Tips for People Living with Chronic Illness

Your safety should be the number 1 priority during a disaster. Mother Nature is no laughing matter. We are taught that lesson time and again, most recently with hurricane Harvey, and we’re about to see it again with Hurricane Irma barreling towards the Florida coast. Hurricanes and other disasters can be especially hard on people...
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My Running Journey – Week 4, Not So Bad Today

Don’t think I gave up on you! I know success never sleeps, but I think I’m allowed to take a day off from the runner’s life for Labor Day. It was also hot as shit today, so I did my running while the sun was on its final approach to setting. Today was the longest workout...
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Hurricane Harvey Cystic Fibrosis Relief Fund

Update 9/8/17 3:45pm: A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has donated so far. We’ve come a long way since we started the Hurricane Harvey Cystic Fibrosis Relief Fund last week. Thanks to your generous contributions we are putting the finishing touches on sending out our 2nd shipment to Houston today! I just got word from...
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A Few Things I’d Tell My Freshman Self

It’s that time of year when all of us old folk feel nostalgic for a moment, then carry on with our days – the rush to college is here. College was a real turning point in my life. Cliché, I know, but I think that’s because it was such a major triumph. At the same...
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My Running Journey – Week 3

I am still searching for this elusive runner’s high that everyone talks about… I’ve got 7 workouts in the bag, though! I’m pretty pumped about that. ~~Also sorry if the website seems a little weird, I’m going through a bit of a rebuild. Hopefully that will be resolved by the end of the week~~ As...
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Abortion is Not The Answer to Genetic Disability, and It Has Nothing to Do With Politics

I’m not sure I ever thought I’d be throwing my hat into the abortion debate, but I sort of feel like I’m being dragged into it… so here we are. Last night I found out that one of my blogs about CRISPR was featured in an article on The Cut – kind of a cool...
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Running Still Isn’t Fun, Especially When You Get Lost – Week 2 of My Journey

Welp… I’ve completed 4 running workouts so far. I did 3 runs last week, then started week 2 today with a nice little jog through the neighborhood. It actually hasn’t been so bad just yet. I wouldn’t go as far to say that it has been fun, but it certainly hasn’t been as horrible as...
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Making it Matter Ep. #50 – Claire’s Place

Claire Wineland, 20 with cystic fibrosis from California, joins the podcast to talk about her life with CF. After some significant health issues, Claire found that her calling in life was to do all she could to help people, so she started Claire’s Place Foundation in the hopes of helping people with CF directly. Since...
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Supplements and Alternative Remedies are not Substitutes for Medications

I posted this on my Facebook page yesterday…. And to the surprise of no one, it infuriated quite a few people, especially the medical marijuana people, so here I am writing about it! The article I was sharing was an IFL Science post about the results of a study that showed cancer patients are significantly...
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My Running Journey – Day 1

So I went for a run today, and let me tell you….. I f*cking hate running. If you know me, then you know running is the bane of my existence, probably to the point where I’d rather stab my eyeballs out than go running. But I went for a run, and I actually kind of...
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My Response to Some Gene-Editing Naysayers

As I sat in my “treatment” chair this morning, sucking down some medication and shaking in my Vest, I came across an article that shows us the debate over the ethics surrounding CRISPR-Cas9 has not only begun, but is also alive and well. I wrote about CRISPR last week, albeit in a satirical tone, and praised...
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Making it Matter Ep. #49 – #24hrs4cf

Josh Lewellyn-Jones, 30 with cystic fibrosis, joins the podcast again, this time to recap his #24hrs4cf fitness challenge, which was a massive success. Josh mentions that while he was able to fundraise quite a bit for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in the UK, it was nothing compared to the awareness raised around the event. Over...
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Time Management Tips For Home IV

So some good news – I came off IV’s yesterday. It looks like I will be free to enjoy the rest of my summer. Coincidentally, I’ve gotten a few questions about how I am able to manage my time while I’m on IV. So I figured we can tackle that topic in a blog post...
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Making it Matter Ep. #48 – Chronic Rejection

Travis Flores, 26 with cystic fibrosis, joins the podcast to talk about his life with CF, journey through double lung transplant and now his battle with chronic rejection. Travis has been active in advocacy for people with CF and organ transplant, as well as a successful actor/writer/producer. He recently launched a blog, “chronically happy,” where...
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CRISPR-Cas9, Rejoice or Panic?

CRISPR-Cas9 successfully eliminated a genetic illness from an embryo. Now everyone is either celebrating a massive success or in total panic. Source – Scientists for the first time have successfully edited genes in human embryos to repair a common and serious disease-causing mutation, producing apparently healthy embryos, according to a study published on Wednesday. The...
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What an Invisible Illness Looks Like

A quick little post today. I want to try and get into the daily blog game, so I guess here’s an attempt at that. “Invisible illness” is a phrase that we throw around quite a bit in the CF world (also something we’ve talked about on the podcast), and to be totally honest, it’s not...
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Cystic Fibrosis Around the World: Republic of Ireland

Today’s interview comes from our first participant who is post double lung transplant. Luke Doherty is also Team Boomer‘s athlete of the month for August. He joined the Making it Matter podcast as well, have a listen HERE. Dublin, Republic of Ireland, Luke Doherty, 26, living with cystic fibrosis. About how many people in your...
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Making it Matter Ep. #47 – Being a Father With Cystic Fibrosis

Jon Whitbred joins the podcast this week. He is 36 years old living with cystic fibrosis, married, works a full time job and is the father of 3 boys. Infertility is common among men with CF, so Jon takes us through his journey with in-vitro fertilization (IVF). He points out that the part men play...
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Cystic Fibrosis Around the World: Lebanon

We are back in the Middle East for another Cystic Fibrosis Around the World blog. Please note that the brackets [] indicate an edit I made for spelling or language.  Beirut, Lebanon, Anonymous Adult living with cystic fibrosis. About how many people in your country have cystic fibrosis? No one I know, but I guess...
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Making it Matter Ep. #46 – The Salt Cysters

Aleeya and Alani Young, 18 year old twins battling cystic fibrosis, and better know as the Salt Cysters, join the podcast to talk about their lives with cystic fibrosis. Recent high school graduates, they discuss some of their ambitions, including both of them heading off to the University of Cincinnati in the Fall. The sisters...
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Cystic Fibrosis Around the World: France

Cystic Fibrosis Around the World returns with an interview coming to us from France! As always, if you or someone you know living abroad with cystic fibrosis would like to be included in #CFAroundTheWorld get in touch with me at [email protected] I will be featuring several countries new to the blog series once a week over...
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Making it Matter Ep. #45 – Cystic Fibrosis, Double-Lung Transplant and Fitness in Ireland

Julia and I welcome Luke Doherty, 26 with cystic fibrosis from Dublin, Ireland, to the podcast this week. Luke talks his recent journey through a double lung transplant, which has needed to include chemotherapy treatment for PTLD. To that end, we talk about some of the differences between the American and Irish transplant listing procedures....
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Alcohol, Tattoos and Chronic Illness

Ever since I mentioned my alcohol intake in the Diet blog post a couple week ago, talked about my feeding tube beer funnel on the PodFathers Barstool Sports podcast and reposted my 7 Summer Tips blog post, I’ve gotten a number of emails asking about the evolution of my feelings towards social drinking. To that...
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Making it Matter Ep. #44 – International Travel with Cystic Fibrosis

Rachael Russell, 22 years old living with cystic fibrosis and a 2x Boomer Esiason Foundation Scholarship winner, talks about her recent post-graduation trip to Europe. Fulfilling a lifelong dream, her and friend backpacked across Europe for a month – which is something far more bold than I would ever try to do. She discusses all...
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My Spring: Fundraisers, Speaking and New Programs

The spring is always a pretty exciting time for me. We have a number of Boomer Esiason Foundation fundraisers each year that bring in a ton of money for the fight against cystic fibrosis. Just last week we were up in New Hampshire for the annual DCU for Kids golf outing, which we’ve not only...
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Making it Matter Ep. #43 – Our College Roommates

It’s that time of year – high school is winding down, seniors are graduating and the next wave of kids with cystic fibrosis are about to head off to college. While it certainly is an exciting time in a young person’s life, it can also be pretty stressful, especially for parents as they send their...
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My Cystic Fibrosis Diet

Earlier this week I got an email from a reader asking me whether or not I adhere to a diet plan, and if so, what does it look like? If you know me personally, you know I am anything but a foodie – I have the palate of a 6 year old and I’m really pretty...
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Common Sense: Chronic Illness Version

As I’ve gotten older (and seemingly wiser), I’ve come to realize that certain things are common sense as they relate to living with a chronic illness. It has gotten to the point where I take them for granted – I know this because from time to time I’ll drop in on cystic fibrosis Facebook communities,...
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Making it Matter Ep. #42 – Bouncing Back

Julia and I take a question this week that asks us how we bounce back after we get sick. We note that people with CF, regardless of how well they take care of themselves are always going to be at risk of developing an active infection or feeling under the weather. It can be frustrating...
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Cystic Fibrosis Around the World: A Reflection

Throughout the second half of May I ran my Cystic Fibrosis Around the World blog series. My goal behind the project was to compare the “patient” experience among people living with CF across the globe and learn about the different types of care offered. It was really a culmination of many weeks of interviews and...
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Making it Matter Ep. #41 – Being a Mother With Cystic Fibrosis

Sabrina Smith-Walker, 30 with cystic fibrosis from Alaska, joins the podcast. Her story is nothing short of amazing. After graduating high school she was diagnosed with cancer, which she went on to beat. From there she talks about her marriage and healthy lifestyle. Ultimately the podcast settles into Sabrina talking about her being a loving...
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Cystic Fibrosis Around the World: United States of America

Here we are, back home in the United States. I hope this blog post is really as informative for our international followers as it is for people living across the US. I think it would be irresponsible of me to say that two interviews could represent the feelings of all the people living with CF...
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Cystic Fibrosis Around the World: Australia

We head to Australia as the first leg of Cystic Fibrosis Around the World begins to wrap up. Tomorrow I will post my American interviews, then write a recap blog later in the week (probably Friday) where I will reflect on everything I’ve learned throughout the project so far. We will then pick up the blog...
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Cystic Fibrosis Around the World: Spain and Denmark

We head to Spain and Denmark in today’s Cystic Fibrosis Around the World blog post. The interviews that came back from each country were both a bit brief, so I felt it appropriate to combine the two. I think this way of doing things actually serves to point out some significant differences despite the relative...
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Making it Matter Ep. #40 – Coming To Grips With A Terminal Illness

No one loves to talk about death, but it is something that surrounds people with cystic fibrosis. Really it surrounds us all, but in a world that thrives on precise information, people tie themselves to a number – the life expectancy. It’s no secret how I feel about that statistic, but the idea of death in conjunction...
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Cystic Fibrosis Around the World: the United Kingdom

We head to the United Kingdom to take a look at cystic fibrosis care in the next installment of Cystic Fibrosis Around the World. Today you’ll meet William Marler, 22 years old living with CF, from Birmingham, England. William and I have gotten to know each other a bit over the past couple of months...
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Cystic Fibrosis Around the World: U.S. Virgin Islands

The U.S. Virgin Islands is our next stop for Cystic Fibrosis Around the World. The group of islands, located in the Caribbean, is officially designated as a territory of the United States. According to the interview the known cystic fibrosis patient population is 1. I’d love to find out more about that statistic, though. St....
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Cystic Fibrosis Around the World: Macedonia

We head to Skopje, Macedonia to open up the second week of Cystic Fibrosis Around the World. Macedonia is a landlocked country located in the Balkans, just north of Greece. It is a relatively young country as it gained its independence from the dissolution of Yugoslavia in the early 90’s. Somewhat of a language barrier...
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Cystic Fibrosis Around the World: Canada

We head to our second commonwealth country, Canada, to wrap up the first week of Cystic Fibrosis Around the World. A study comparing cystic fibrosis outcomes in Canada and the US was one of my motivations in starting this project, so I wanted to talk to a few of my northern neighbors. Today you’ll meet Amanda Turkiewicz,...
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