Graycie’s mom, Meghan, noticed that Graycie kept losing weight and seemed to be sick often. Meghan took her to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for testing to figure out what might be wrong. It was at CHOP that Graycie was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. Living with Cystic Fibrosis is not easy for a ten year old girl. Every morning, Graycie wakes up to do a vest treatment which inflates and shakes her lungs, two nebulizer treatments and takes numerous different types of medication all before going to school. Graycie goes through this process not once, but four times each day. A routine that she will have to do every day for the rest of her life.
Graycie says that she feels like she goes through a full day before her day even starts. Cystic Fibrosis makes it difficult for her to do activities that her friends participate in – activities like riding a bike and playing sports. She often feels angry and sad about her diagnosis. Although each day is a struggle, she keeps on fighting. Graycie and her family don’t focus on the things she can’t do, but rather the things that she can do.