Friday, April 3, 2015

CF letter

Hi friends! Below is my annual CF letter. I hope you will consider donating to the CF foundation and/or will come out and walk with me at the CF walk!

Dear friends and family,
                  I hope you all are having a wonderful 2015 so far. It’s hard for me to believe that we’re in the year 2015—so many exciting, life changing things are going on in my world! Since my last letter, my life has been full of plenty of highs and lows. Last May, I completed my junior year of college at Baylor University. I worked Camp Success again over the summer as a reading assistant, which is Baylor’s intensive language and literacy camp for kids. This was my second summer working camp, and it was an amazing experience. I loved getting to work with kids to help improve their reading and writing skills, and I enjoyed getting to learn lots of new things. However, after Camp Success ended in June, I had to have a second major sinus surgery in July. The surgery itself went well, but when I was waking up from the surgery, I was unable to breathe correctly, and my carbon dioxide levels shot up to a dangerous level. The anesthesiologists had to put me back under and figure out what went wrong and how to wake me up properly. Looking back, I realize how scary of a situation that was and how bad that situation could have turned out, but I’m thankful for great anesthesiologists who took care of me and helped me wake up properly. The recovery process was long and painful, but I made it through ready for senior year.
 In August, I started my final year at Baylor. I have continued to lead my small group at Highland Baptist Church, become an active member of Highland College Ministry’s leadership team, cheered my Bears on at as many sporting events as possible (Sic ‘em!), maintained my 4.0 GPA, and continued my job as a reading assistant in Baylor’s Language and Literacy Clinic. I have had several rounds of IV antibiotics in the midst of my crazy life, including starting one round on my birthday in November. Through the highs and the lows, God has been faithful! I have become close to dear friends, learned an abundance of new knowledge, and grown significantly as a woman of God. I will graduate this coming May 15 Summa Cum Laude with my degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a concentration in Speech Pathology and a Linguistics minor. Only 30% of CF adults graduate college, and I’m proud to be in that 30%!  In August, God has led me to take another leap of faith—I will be starting graduate school for speech pathology at the University of Texas at Dallas.  I am excited for the opportunity to go to such an amazing graduate school program. Although change and being farther away from many of my already established friends and family scares me, I cannot wait to see what God does in my life while I’m in Dallas. 
                  If you’ve been keeping up with CF updates at all, you know that we are on the brink of a lot of exciting research. Drugs like Kalydeco are helping CF patients live longer, healthier lives. However, we’re not finished researching yet! There is still lots to discover. There are several ways you can help people like me in the fight against CF. You can donate money to the CF Foundation, which is the main organization that funds research. Every penny counts, and we are so grateful for anything you’re willing to give! You can also come out to the Austin Zoo on May 2nd and walk with my team, Ingram’s Eagles. My family and I will be there, and it would mean so much to me to have your support. You can follow the link below to sign up to walk and/or donate money. The more people that are aware of CF, the better for the CF community. Finally, you can continue to support me in prayer and encouragement. I need people like you to push me to fight when life gets hard and to inspire me to never give up. I appreciate all of you more than you know. Thank you for standing with me!
With love,
Emily Ingram