Some of the closest friends I have, I made through my involvement with sports. I was involved on almost every sports team in high school with basketball being my primary sport until my mid 20’s. Then I was ready for a change and I really wanted to try playing hockey before my 30th birthday. Once I started playing I was hooked. I played in the winter and summer leagues, played tournaments, spared for other teams and played drop in hockey scrimmages. I met my husband playing hockey, we literally ran into each other -colliding on the blue line. Then we did what came naturally for a hockey playing couple, we started playing golf together.
During the 2004 summer hockey season, I developed lung pleurisy and that first month was unbelievably painful. I was unable to play hockey or any other sport for several months until my lungs had recuperated. By the time I could start playing again, my former team had folded so I decided to take the season off. Unfortunately, one season became two and before I knew it, I had stopped playing hockey for almost 7 years.
When my friend (and former teammate) Trish told me that she was involved in the LG4CF, I went to the information session with the intent to volunteer. After learning more about CF and Eva’s struggle, it made me realize that regardless of what I was going through at the time of my pleurisy, it pales in comparison to the lifetime of pain and challenges that CF patients face every day. It was very clear to me that it was time to get back into playing the sport I love, with a great group of women trying to make a difference in the lives of people with CF.
I hope you will join us in this journey to help others by donating and/or volunteering in this worthwhile and significant event.