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I'm Amber... Born July 15. I was born with a genetic disease called Cystic Fibrosis (CF). CF is a progressive disease of the lungs and also affects the digestive, reproductive, and endocrine systems. All my life I have been a fighter. I've had to fight for something most others don't even think about, to live and breathe from the day I was born. I'm stubborn and I can be a huge handful. I'm very strong willed, but easily pleased. I love putting a smile on peoples' faces and making them laugh. I believe in second, and sometimes third, chances. I wear my heart on my sleeve and I tend to trust too easily. My family and friends mean everything to me. <3  I try hard not to judge people because I hate when others judge me. I am who I am and that's all there is to it, but that doesn't mean I always like who I am...
 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Day We Met Dixie :)

Justin and I when he came up to visit at UNC
Hey y'all! Its been a busy couple of weeks for me!

I am currently admitted to UNC for the first time here in Chapel Hill for a lung infection and excessive mucus buildup. I am now growing a new bacteria in my lungs called Staph or MRSA.
Today is day 13 of the admission and I AM GOING HOME TOMORROW! I had PFTs yesterday. My lung function is AMAZING! Better than I've seen in a few years! I am so blessed and so thankful that I have such an amazing family to motivate me to do my therapies and take my medication. Since I've been down in North Carolina, I have been doing so well taking care of myself! I've rarely missed treatments or medications and I have been much more active with taking the dogs for a walk several times a week.
Currently, I am looking into some sort of volunteer opportunities in my area. I have found one that I am EXTREMELY interested in. It would be helping out at the Aloha Safari Zoo near my house.
ASZ is for rescued animals. All, or nearly all, have been rescued and brought to live here as they would not be able to survive in their natural habitats. I am going to be contacting them as soon as I am discharged.
You can check out ASZ here----> Aloha Safari Zoo
Since my last update we have also added a new member to the family. Dixieland, Dixie for short, is our 10 week old Shepard, Pittbull, Mastiff mix. Justin made the mistake of leaving by myself at a flea market in Fayetteville and during the 5 minutes I was alone, I saw a man carrying a puppy and asked to pet her.
Dixie, the day I got her. 
He asked me if I wanted her, that he was giving them away for free!!! Of course, I said, "YES!" Then asked Justin for the car keys when I found him talking to someone about some tools. He handed them to me without looking and I went and waited in the car for him. We were halfway home before he realized I had Dixie, and by then it was too late to give her back! But now she's Justin's "little baby girl" and he spoils the heck out of her...

I guess that is all I have to say at the moment. Y'all have a super week! Much love to you!

Amber Walker