Well guys, I freaking did it. With the help of coffee, wine, Quizlet and free tutoring in the campus library, my dream of receiving my college degree finally came to fruition. And to be honest, it’s still a bit surreal. And also, it was much harder than I ever expected! But man, having something that you work so hard for that you will be able to use and show for the rest of your life is one hell of a feeling, and the late nights and lack of social life in between made it all worth it once I crossed that stage.
So.. here I am. A twenty-something college graduate. Hi. Um. Now what?
Imagine this: Being a regular 20something, dealing with all the stressors life throws at you this decade, but then on top of everything, not being able to breathe. Not being able to walk to the bathroom without getting sick. Not being able to drive anymore. Not being able to enjoy happy hours and exercise and everyday activities we all do, but take for granted.
This was the reality for my 20something best friend, Tiffany. If you are an old reader of my blog, you know Tiffany well. I boast about her often, talk way too much about how we met Taylor Swift, and always make it known how she is my forever inspiration in life. If you are new to my blog, welcome! And let me introduce to my best friend Tiffany:
•Born with a horrible, horrible lung disease called Cystic Fibrosis
•Never not smiling
•A recent Saint Mary’s graduate with a Health Science degree (fun fact: in her last semester she would bring her IV pole into class with her when on antibiotics. I sometimes think about this when I’m contemplating whether or not I should go to class today)
•Has the most amazing boyfriend, best of friends, and incredible parents
•TAYLOR SWIFT WANTED TO/DID MEET HER
•2 weeks into recovery from her life saving dual-lung transplant
She’s pretty amazing, right? I KNOW. And two weeks ago, she finally got the call. The call she has been waiting for for 2 years and 8 months. The call she has dreamt about, but also got nervous for because of the unknown. The call she has been praying for the last few months as her disease progressed. The call that saved her life.
I’ve been pretty quiet on my blog, because I have been too busy by my best friend’s side. The majority of my December has been at (in my opinion) the most amazing hospital in the world – Stanford. I wouldn’t have it any other way. This journey so far has been anything but easy, but two weeks in and she is finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
Because I can never stay away from writing for TOO long, I took over her social media where her following is just, astounding, to let her biggest fans and friends know what is going on. These social media posts have turned into my mini-daily blogs, so I thought I would come to Embracing Twenties and share them all with you.
Her story has inspired every person that knows her. As 20somethings, it is easy to get caught up with the stresses and hardships this decade can bring. However, Tiffany’s story and struggle and strength are good reminders that we are lucky every time we take a breath. Although life can be really hard, it can always be harder. Be a Tiffany: Find the good in every situation, no matter how bad it may be. And always remember to #JustBreathe.
Without further ado, the last two weeks: