I live with Cystic Fibrosis, a condition that makes physical tasks even more of a challenge, but I love sport and studied the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science at East Sussex College. When I was at college, I joined forces with the BBC for their Get Inspired BodyPositive Initiative. As part of the campaign, I publicised a video diary of my daily life over a six-month period. The aim was to create a community of people to inspire and empower each other to feel happy, healthy and confident by embracing what makes them unique.
Cystic Fibrosis affects me every day. I’m in constant need of medication and physio to keep me well. Being able to enjoy time with friends, going to the cinema, having nights out or going out for lunch - I have never let CF hold me back.
The main impact it has had on my life is time management! Trying to fit in everything I want to do, and everything I need to do, has been hard! I never want to miss out on all the fun, but to do that I have had to keep on top of all treatment otherwise I would become ill.
From a very young age I have participated in a range of sports. I have continued to enjoy sport and I believe it has been one of the main reasons I have kept so well. Filling most of my life with sport has lead me to not miss out on as much as I could have done. I’m still participating in competitions, either in dance or horse riding.
Social media has helped loads! The power of social media has helped so many people around the world to share their lives, experiences and worries with each other. Making friends, having questions answered, and a platform to talk to one another. The majority of my Twitter feed are other people with a CF background. Either mums, brothers, uncles, friends or even themselves who have CF. I believe there's a great community where we chat and support each other every day. Also through useful websites, where lots of interesting information can be shared, and new research from gene therapy can be documented.
Since College I have completed two summer seasons in Greece working as a fitness instructor for Neilson Holidays. I have completed my Level 3 body holistic massage qualification and have been in Thailand doing my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training. Living back in England from April to kick start my career in vinyasa and hatha yoga teaching with massage on the side!
I’m really happy with the path that I’ve been on that’s got me to this point.
My CF was a little rough in 2016 with many hospital admissions and set backs, including an awful chest infection, and again at the beginning of 2017. However, since working in hot and dry countries, doing fitness as a job which benefits my health and now using ‘pranayama’ breathing techniques in my yoga practice is really helping me live the best life possible. I still obviously have to maintain my health everyday with constant medication but I can now say CF is part of my life, it doesn’t rule my life. I haven’t had one hospital admission of intravenous antibiotics since April 2017.
I plan on teaching yoga and doing massage as my full time job in Seaford and Eastbourne. I also plan on doing yoga events to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Trust this coming summer.