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Hello, internet traveler!

IF YOU’RE HERE, YOU MOST LIKELY KNOW ABOUT ME. IF NOT, HERE’S A BIT OF BACKSTORY. MY NAME IS MORGAN GRINDSTAFF, BORN JULY 8TH IN THE SOUTHERN STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA. AS A BABY, I WAS UNABLE TO KEEP FOOD DOWN AND I CRIED CONSTANTLY. MY MOTHER TOOK ME TO DOCTOR AFTER DOCTOR WHO CONTINUALLY SAID I WAS FINE AND TOLD HER SHE WAS CRAZY. EVENTUALLY, AN AMAZING DOCTOR ASSUMED I MAY HAVE CYSTIC FIBROSIS, AND AT 2 MONTHS OLD I WAS SENT TO DUKE UNIVERSITY WHERE I WAS FORMALLY DIAGNOSED.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs, digestive system and other organs in the body.

Cystic fibrosis affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat and digestive juices. These secreted fluids are normally thin and slippery. But in people with cystic fibrosis, a defective gene causes the secretions to become sticky and thick. Instead of acting as a lubricant, the secretions plug up tubes, ducts and passageways, especially in the lungs and pancreas.

I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO INSPIRE THOSE WITH CYSTIC FIBROSIS, OR ANYONE OUT THERE STRUGGLING, THAT A DIAGNOSIS ISN’T A DEATH SENTENCE. THAT YOU CAN STILL LIVE YOUR LIFE AND CHASE YOUR DREAMS, EVEN IF YOU DIDN’T GET DEALT THE BEST HAND. LIFE IS WHAT WE MAKE OF IT. WE CAN STAND AROUND AND LIVE LIVES WE AREN’T HAPPY WITH, OR WE CAN DO MORE.

SO, I INVITE YOU ALL TO FOLLOW ME ON MY JOURNEY AND DO MORE THAN JUST BREATHE.