Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Happy Birthday to ME!!!

On March 8, 1991 Brianne Lacellous (ME) was born into this word! Last week I turned 21 & can't believe it... It sounds so weird saying out loud. I wonder how long it'll take me to get use to being in the 20's?! Anywhoooo for my birthday I thought, Huh maybe it'd be cool to write down 11 things about me right now so later down the road I can look back & either be very proud of myself for being totally awesome at 21 or think"oh Brianne if only you knew...."

1. I tried fried pickles for the first time & feel in love!
2. I'm currently in a German class that is kicking my BUTT! but the real kicker is that I took german cause I didn't wanna take communications.
3. I drive a 1999 Ford Escort named Kim Possible with over 130,000 miles on it, but I love her! She's good on gas & gets me places.
4. I'm serving as FHE instructor in my singles ward.
5. This is my 3rd year in college.
6. WolfPack football is the best time of the year!
7. Even though I say I like ALL music, country is my favorite.
8. Swamp People is my guilty plessure when it comes to TV.
9. My family is my world, but my best friends come in a close second!
10. My favorite vacation destination is Idaho to visit my Grandparents, Spring & Shan! & of course that counts hitting Utah on our way up.
11. Jeans are the enemy! If I don't have to wear them they won't be on. It's either sweats or shorts all day er day.

The "Birthday Ballon Fairy" stopped by while I was
at school on Thursday! My Mom really is THE best!

A card from my sister I woke up to sitting outside my door
the morning of my birtday. She's such a sweetheart!

Good ole me on the day of my birthday!

Here's to 21 amazing year & looking forward to 21 more!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

This time last year....

This time last year I was 2 days into a hospital admission in Reno. My very first without my parents. With blue lips when I coughed & blue finger nails from my 86% oxygen sats and scared to death being in a HUGE foreign hospital.

This time last year my PFT's (lung function) were below 30% & I was sicker then I'd ever been before. I was on continues oxygen & hoping that my Mom would be able to find a way up to Reno to be with me.

This time last year my amazing social worker & Disablities Resource Center advisor were helping me let my teachers know I wouldn't be there for midterms, reminding me that this was out of my control & that if I need to withdraw from the semester they'd be there to help me through the process, every step of the way.

Today my PFT's are up 24%, higher than they've been in years! Today I made the deans list for my 3.5 gpa at UNLV!

& Today I wanted to express my gratitude to all those that were there for me this past year. I'm so grateful for the health I've been blessed with & all those that supported me as I worked harder then ever!

* My WONDERFUL roommates & 2 of my best friends that helped in every way they could. Who took time out of work & midterms to visit me in the hospital & who never once complained about taking me to doctors appointments, hospitals & about all my medications taking up the fridge space.

* The support from the CF community has been more of a blessing then I could of ever imagnied it would be when I first joined Cystic Life, with people that know what you're going through things don't seem quit as tough.

* I've been blessed with the most amazing family. The support & love they've showed me surpasses all! I had family friends call & check up on me, I had aunts & uncles pull together money to get my Mom a plane ticket up to Reno. My mom never once leaving the hospital & pulling my oxygen along as we went on walks through the hospial & I had cousins skyping me.... even from the bathtub, you know who you are ;)

* I am also so gratful to my social worker, Daniel who did so much for me, trying to make my load lighter & for my doctor here in vegas who never once gave up on me this last year as we struggled to figure out what was causing all these problems & who talked to me about what he wanted to do, but always listned to my concerns & opinions. My doctor, who never once stopped fighting till we got me back up to base line, when many others at the CF office seemed to have given up.

Thank you to everyone who has cheered me on & helped get me to where I am today! I love my life & wouldn't trade it, or anyone in it, for the world!