Monday, July 30, 2012

Are you an Olympic CFer?

I am a really big fan of professional sports. Yes, I know they are overpaid, egotistical, etc. but I have always enjoyed watching.  I mainly watch the popular pro sports football, basketball, and baseball. But every few years I get the chance to see the “other” sports.
I really do not follow the Olympics very much but when I get a chance to watch them I will.  These Olympic athletes are truly more than representing their country. Just think of how many countless hours, days, months, years they have given up of their life to train and compete for an event. To me its just unimaginable of how dedicated these men and women are.

So over the weekend I watched a few of the games. Swimming, gymnastics, and diving were the games I caught. I know this is a hot item today with the women’s gymnastics but how could you not feel bad for USA Jordyn Wieber. Thanks to the new rule the defending world champion will not get to compete in the all around competition.  Only the top two gymnasts  from each team (country) can move on to the all around. There will be 24 gymnasts that move on but there will be one that should have advanced on as I believe she had a top 5 score out of all gymnasts. Enough said the top 24 gymnasts in the world should move on and that’s it!! Forget the idea of two from each team. 

When I think of the Olympics I think of all the dedication, heart, and countless hours of sacrifice these athletes have given up. In many ways I feel this same way about CF.  If we want to be healthy and around on this planet it takes dedication, heart, and countless hours of sacrifice on our part and on our spouse/family as well.  Think about how many treatments you have done, how long you have been connected to that machine that shakes your lungs to no end, how many doctor’s appointments that you attend, how many pills you pop a day, how many inhaled antibiotics you have done, hopefully how often you exercise, the list goes on and on. But what I am getting at is that just like these Olympic athletes we have dedicated an extreme amount of time to keeping ourselves healthy. I am sure that we all go through this where we say I would rather be doing something else instead of being connected to this vest for 20 minutes or going to another doctor’s appointment.  I think this theme occurs in the Olympic athletes mind’s as well but they have one goal and that is to win the GOLD.  In mind at least, my GOLD medal is to be here and around for my family and to see a cure to this disease. The path to my GOLD is through sacrifice and dedication!!!  

So with this………….Are you an Olympic CFer?

7 comments:

  1. I think you nailed it John! Just like those athletes we must beat our bodies down and train like crazy if we want to be at our physical peak. Am I an Olympic CFer? Probably not, but I'll train until I get there :)

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    1. In our case, training will never stop thats what keeps us around for our families!

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  2. Wow! I love this post. Your attitude is awesome, and I think you're completely right. I never thought about it that way, but it is like training..constantly!! My one area I fall behind on is exercise. I was doing well until the stim meds where I wasn't allowed to exercise, and now I need to get back to it!

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    1. Megan I am in the same boat when talking about exercise that's for sure! I need to increase exercise in my lifestyle. I am glad you enjoyed reading this :)

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