What if your life truly depended on exercising, would you do it more? What if you knew that by exercising it would truly make you feel better, would you make it a priority? Abbie gives “Exercise IS LIFE” a whole knew meaning because for her, it truly is.
Abbie’s story is truly inspirational and motivating on so many levels. I met Abbie in September when she showed up at my exercise class at church. She immediately gave us her “cough disclosure”, which meant that she wasn’t going to get anyone else sick with her cough and exercising was good for her (just like it is for all of us). Abbie is a mom of two who lives with cystic fibrosis. Abbie doesn’t let this disease define her, instead she fights this disease hard, raises awareness and puts her best foot forward each and every day.
There are so many things I love about Abbie and getting to know her better has been a blessing. When you are in Abbie’s presence you see her fight and her determination. The way she takes care of herself and fights this disease makes you appreciate what you have. It is truly hard for me to put into words how much I admire her. I want to shout her story from the rooftops. Why? Because I want people with cystic fibrosis to live longer, more joyful lives. AND because I want those who take exercise for granted to get out and move. If you saw Abbie working out, you would get it. She is there with a smile on her face giving 110% and her 110% is harder than most people’s. Plain and simple: Abbie is an inspiration.
On May 1st Abbie will turn 40! And turning 40 for her is different than it is for most because she has earned every bit of those 40 years! The median age for people living with cystic fibrosis is 38. What a true testament to how she has fought this disease with courage and relentlessness.
Abbie’s days are not easy. While most of us can enjoy a quiet morning in our pajamas while sipping coffee, Abbie cannot. Each morning when she wakes her task is to s to take a 30-minute nebulizer breathing treatment with drugs designed to open her clogged lung passages. Throughout her nebulizer treatment she wears a vest which provides percussion to break the sticky mucus build-up in her lungs. This vest treatment lasts for 45 minutes. Along with the nebulizer and the vibrating vest, she uses an elliptical exercising machine and walks for at least 30 minutes while she does her vest and nebulizer treatments. In addition to helping with her circulation, the elliptical exercise helps her combat osteoporosis which is a common threat to CF patients. If she skips the elliptical, she goes to the gym for a cardio strength training class.
On top of doing all of these for herself and for her health, Abbie has a family too. She is a dedicated wife to Brian and they are a true testament to “in sickness and in health”. Abbie also has five-year-old twin daughters and she is showing them true determination each and every day as she fights this disease to be able to be present for them. You can read more about about A Day in the Life of Abbie’s Disease here.
What she has to say!
I asked Abbie two specific questions and I know her answers will inspire you…
Me: Abbie, why do you exercise?