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Model Citizen: Cystic Fibrosis Patient Uses Instagram to Inspire Others

How does she do it?

Sophie is required to take inhaled medications 30 times per day, as well as 50 tablets simply to be able to digest food. However, she doesn't let this stop her regimen. Why? She explained, "it takes a huge effort. I need to eat at least 3,000 calories a day to maintain my weight, and sweating depletes CF sufferers of salt very quickly. But my attitude is, I could walk out and be hit by a bus. I have to live my life as fully as I can." Messages like this make Sophie not only an inspiration to other CF patients, but everyone who is looking to live a full life.

She further explains why her dedication to fitness despite having a condition that is supposed to bar one from strenuous activities is so important to her, "I've dedicated my life to proving that prediction wrong. I thrive off physical challenges, especially ones that are mentally challenging. I probably shouldn't be here and I shouldn't be able to do these things, but I want to motivate everyone to push themselves out of their comfort zone."