Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Featured Blogger: Malina of
"The Stratton Family Blog"

Malina with her husband, James

Keep an eye on the CF Blogroll over the next few months! On one Tuesday each month, we will be featuring a different blogger from our blogroll. 

If you'd like to be a Featured Blogger, leave a comment or e-mail beingcindybaldwin AT gmail DOT com, and we'd love to feature you! Don't forget to include your e-mail address so that I can send you a list of interview questions. (Currently, I am posting the interviews in the order that I receive them, so don't be worried if it takes a few weeks for your interview to go up.)

Today's Featured Blogger is Malina of "The Stratton Family Blog." Malina is another of the awesome, tough CFers that I have been privileged to meet in person! She deals with her many challenges with courage and honesty, and her blog reflects that. Don't forget to stop by and check it out!

How old were you when you were diagnosed with CF? What led to your diagnosis?

I was 10.5 years old when I was diagnosed with CF. I had always been sick as a child and had gone to several doctors both in and out of state. I was always somehow misdiagnosed, most commonly as having asthma or bronchitis. The doctors just missed all the common signs. One day, I was "sick" again and my mom took me to her doctor since my pediatrician was out of town. He noticed the clubbing of my fingers and asked if I had ever been tested for Cystic Fibrosis. I had not. So I went and was tested. About a week after my diagnoses I was hospitalized for my first CF clean-out.

What kind of effect has CF had on your life?
CF has affected my life quite dramatically. Especially since I spent the first 10 years of my life not knowing I had it. Treatments and pills everyday is a big change. Being told you won't live to be old is a big change. It's still sometimes hard for me to adapt to and take in because I grew up "normal" for the first part of my life. Some days (although not anytime recently) I still question if I was even diagnosed correctly because I want so badly to not have CF. Other days I wouldn't change it for the world because it's helped shape who I am.

When did you start blogging? What led you to start blogging?
My husband took a temporary job in Germany working on Blackhawks about six months after we were married. I went with him there. That's when I started blogging. I wanted to document our time there. I wanted an easy way to share it with other people. I wasn't completely successful in my endeavor...I would have liked to have posted more, looking back. I started to use the blog for other things going on in my life since then and it's gradually become more of a "my" blog rather than an "our" blog.
What is your favorite post you've ever written?
A poem called "Is your poetry beautiful?" It's inspired by my dog, Molly, who is now in heaven. It's probably one of my favorite things blog or otherwise that I've ever written. 

What are a few of YOUR favorite CF blogs?

I actually don't have a lot of access to blogs in general. But I do follow my friends who have CF. So whenever they post, I read it. So: being cindy baldwin, my life as a livingston, within deep brown eyes...to name a few.

What would be your #1 piece of advice to others with CF?
I think my piece of advice would be to be compliant with your treatments and medications. I don't speak from experience of following this advice 100%. I always have struggled with it. But I know for a fact that those who are more compliant are generally more healthy. I have tried to do better everytime I am out of the hospital. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don't. But I really admire those who stick with it and I envy their motivation, attitude, and success.


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