Cystic fibrosis dating another person with cystic fibrosis
I love new sports and I've been whitewater-rafting, tandem sky-diving and bungee-jumping in Australia. When I'm asked what is the worst part of my illness, I'd have to say the exhaustion.
The rigorous exercise and physiotherapy regime required to help loosen the mucus on the lungs would tire anyone.
The onset of infection will often bring appalling pains in my chest and either side of my spine. I never leave my hair wet, because the cold and damp would make my lungs produce more mucus.
The effort of keeping fit and to a professional standard actually improved my health. I was able to double my lung capacity - a crucial measure of my fitness - from 1.5 litres to three litres.
I liked the physical challenge, but decided to return to Kingston to do a postgraduate diploma in psychology, at the same time working two days a week in the prison service.
Improved medication and physiotherapy have changed my life.
Blowing out the candles on my 18th birthday cake felt very good indeed.