Monday, December 26, 2011


It's been awhile since I have written anything because things got really busy rather quickly. Christmas was amazing! It was definitely the best one I have had in awhile. I feel so blessed to have such wonderful family and friends to see and spend time with during the holidays! We spent Christmas weekend in Knoxville with family, and it couldn't have been better! I came back home tonight to work tomorrow through Thursday. Then it is back to Knoxville for more time with friends and family! :)

I was kind of dreading coming back to our apartment without my husband and without my pets, but luckily, my sister decided to come with me so I won't get lonely! We have been talking about what our New Year's resolutions are going to be for this year, and I am so excited about the goals I am setting for myself! There are many good things to come in 2012! I will be posting some of my goals on here once the new year comes so that you can help keep me accountable. 2012 is going to be a good year!

Sunday, December 11, 2011


I am writing today about something that has nothing to do with my CF. It is something that I feel strongly about, and I feel the need to share it with you all.

Channon Gail Christian, 21, and Hugh Christopher Newsom, Jr., 23, were a couple from Knoxville, Tennessee. They were both raped, tortured and murdered after being kidnapped early on the morning of January 7, 2007. Their vehicle had been carjacked. Five suspects were arrested and charged in the case. The grand jury indicted four of the suspects on counts of murder, robbery, kidnapping, rape and theft. Three of those arrested, Letalvis D. Cobbins, Lemaricus Davidson and George Thomas, have been convicted on multiple charges including several counts of felony murder. After a jury trial Lemaricus Davidson was sentenced to death by lethal injection and Letalvis Cobbins and George Thomas were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Vanessa Coleman has been convicted of facilitating the crimes and sentenced to 53 years in prison, and Eric Dewayne Boyd has been convicted of federal charges as accessory after the fact to carjacking and sentenced to 18 years in prison.

On December 1st, 2011, new trials were granted to the defendants due to drug abuse by the presiding Judge.

Chris was my nieces' uncle. I never had the opportunity to meet him, but from what I hear, he was a wonderful person. His life was ended way too soon in a horrific way. What they went through is something that no one should ever have to experience. Their families got justice, and now the justice system is taking that away and making them go through those trials all over again.There is a petition going to try to prevent this retrial. I don't know if it will help, but it can't hurt to try right?

Here is the link to the petition:

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Running/Working out

I bought myself a treadmill with the birthday money I got this year. We finally got it set up tonight, and I put it to work right away. I ran a full mile which is something that I haven't done in years. Mind you, it was the slowest I have ever run a mile, but you have to start somewhere right? After I finished the mile, I walked at an incline for ten minutes just to get my legs extra mad at me. Next, I walked for 5 more minutes just to cool off. It felt pretty good to actually run, but I know there is a lot of room for improvement.

So what's the plan? I am going to use my treadmill everyday. I might not run on it everyday, but I will definitely walk on it. I also plan on continuing with my other workouts which I have been slacking on lately. Picking them back up tomorrow, and I couldn't be more excited! I am super pumped about being able to run a mile nonstop today, and I can't wait to see how far I can push myself. More than that, I can't wait to see what all of my hard work does for my PFT numbers. As you may recall, my goal for my next appointment is to have my FEV1 hit 60%. If you are interested in what my numbers have been in the past, click here. February 1st will be the moment of truth.

In other news, my vest is not working properly anymore. It inflates all the way, and when I push the button to get it to start shaking, it deflates and has very little pressure. That makes it pretty much pointless, and of course, the company is closed on the weekends, so I have to call them tomorrow to find out what are game plan will be. I'm frustrated since I am actually doing what I am supposed to now. Just my luck that it would pick now to mess up. At least I have running to do now so that I am getting some airway clearance. Hopefully, I can get  a new one soon