65 days for 65 roses

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Raised by 48 people in 12 months
65 Roses Day is the National Fundraising Day for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and will take place on Friday April 13th 2018.

This year for the campaign I've decided to take on a challenge to raise awareness and funds for Cystic Fibrosis.

Having cystic fibrosis myself, the last year hasn't been the best in terms of health. I suppose you could say I was unwillingly living it by Murphy's law.

Multiple hospital admissions, what seemed like a endless road of iv and oral antibiotics and so on, my body took quite a toll overall and inspite of my best efforts in doing what I was physically able, my lung function stands at 39%. (22-01-2018)

So whats the challenge?

I have given myself 65 days in the lead up to 65 Roses day, to pull out all the stops and try raise my lung function to 65% (or hopefully above) as this was my baseline from mid February last year.

How are you going to do this?

Exercise benefits us all, but people with CF benefit even more from being physically active because exercise can: slow the rate of decline in lung function, help clear mucus from the lungs, allowing for easier breathing. Something that has been difficult for me this past year.

Poor appetite in CF is common. Many people with CF will lose their appetite especially during periods of infection but it is important to eat enough calories to gain weight, grow and be strong enough to fight infections.
So my plan is to put in place a diet and exercise regime, which will consist of at least 3 meals a day (sounds normal but for me this is a big deal) and mainly cardio exercise in which I will increase throughout the 65 days as I gain more endurance.

Donations made to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland fund vital services such as exercise grants, transplant grants, bereavement counselling etc.
Any contributions towards my €650 goal will be massively appreciated and I wont lie... any support in terms of motivation would be grateful too (I'm gonna need it)

If you would like to follow my journey throughout the 65 days feel free to check out my instagram allaboutashe, where I will be posting daily updates on my progress.

Thank you
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So my challenge has come to an end and I can proudly say I surpassed all my my targets! I had my lung function test today and it was 66% !!!!!

I would like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout this challenge. It is really difficult to put into words. Im overwhelmed with the response this challenge has created. The support has been unbelievable. Thank you all so much! Without it I wouldn't have progressed as much as I have.

To all those who donated. I am forever grateful. Your generosity will help many people with CF across Ireland.

And to my family and friends, there at every crossroad and hurdle throughout this challenge. Thank you for pushing me when I needed it and helping me throughout the challenge. A support system I will never take for granted.

And to everyone I would like you to take this quote with you.

"When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life you have a thousand reasons to smile. Challenges are what makes life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. Embrace life, you only got one to live."

Thank you xx
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You gotta love the weather in Ireland eh? For me if I'm not outside doing excerise it feels like a chore! Being on a treadmill looking at the same spot just bores me. So today seeing as I couldn't excerise outside with the weather, I decided to pull out the Wii and do some aerobic excerise on that. I did my hypertonic saline first and did 30 mins of stepping, hoola hoop and jogging. Although not outside it was far better than the treadmill and was actually a good physio workout!
Really stepping up excerise as my final lung function result for my challenge is Thursday!
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I sent this post last week but for some reason it did not post... technology does not like me at times.

But anyway, what the update should have said last week was I was suffering from a sinus infection and unfortunately despite my best efforts to prevent it from going into my chest by taking antibiotics and doing regular nasal irrigation, I ended up in hospital.

I've have been receiving IV treatment the past 10 days and whilst the first week was very difficult with nausea and vomiting due to the strong antibiotics, Im now thankfully on the mend.

Due to this setback I'll will be posting my challenge results once I'm finished nu treatment and have had time to recover after. So we will have the final lung function result on 27/04/2018.

I like again to thank everyone who has donated and giving me endless support. I really truly appreciate it!

sidenote* I need to use my laptop to post on this as the app doesnt work on my phone, so for daily updates on my progress be sure to follow me on Instagram- allaboutashe

Until next time...
Ashe xoxox
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So this is 2 weeks overdue but between a broncoscope, lung wash, rugby and a week of birthday celebrations I never got to thank everyone for helping me reach my target.

I can't even put into words how grateful I am to everyone for their donations and support over the past few weeks. I never expected to raise €650 let alone exceed that target by €200.

The kind words I have received from so many has really helped me and kept me motivated! Its been a long time since I have felt so well physically and after months of beinh so unwell, also I feel fantastic mentally.

Less than 3 weeks left in my challenge and I really feel I am on my way to that 65% lung funtion! I'll be back again after visting my team once the challenge is completed for the results!

Again thank you all so much!
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