59: Becoming Aware with Content Creator, Bobby Foster

“Integrating your issues and learning how to live with them and move forward is very important. When you do, you give yourself a chance to have hope.” My new friend, Bobby Foster, is a creative artist and life coach who constantly overcomes his life challenges. He is a frequent writer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation blog, with his most recent article titled, “Being Left Out as a Black Man With CF.” (I highly recommend you read it!) Guys, we talked about so many things – from life with CF, to racism and sexism, and even creativity. You’re in for a great conversation that will both challenge and encourage you!



Connect with Bobby Foster:

Bobby Foster is a content creator, rapper, author, and a life coach. He hopes to inspire through his actions, showing people can get through their challenges and follow their dreams. Subscribe to his YouTube Channel, Foster the Knowledge, at https://www.youtube.com/IAmBobbyFoster and follow him on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/_bobbyfoster.


Quotes from this episode by Bobby Foster:

“People have misconceived notions of what love really is.” ~Bobby Foster

“Most people feel their first true and unconditional love, not with a partner, but with their friends.” ~Bobby Foster

“Learn to embrace hopelessness. It is a season we all experience.” ~Bobby Foster

“Integrating your issues and learning how to live with them and move forward is very important. When you do, you give yourself a chance to have hope.” ~Bobby Foster


Let’s hang out on Instagram!

Hey guys, thanks again for listening! I’d love to hear the takeaways that you got on today’s episode! Stop by Instagram and let’s chat! You can find my podcast page at @shewhoovercomespodcast – https://www.instagram.com/shewhoovercomespodcast and my personal/coaching page at @msmandybanderson – https://www.instagram.com/msmandybanderson. And, I’d be so grateful if you left a review before you go. You just might hear your name and your takeaway at the beginning of next week’s episode!

55: Women Entrepreneurs with Cystic Fibrosis (CFF Panel)

Running a business while battling a life-threatening illness can be tricky; but it’s not impossible! This week I join two power-house women to share how we balance being an entrepreneur while also having Cystic Fibrosis.

We have a wonderful conversation about what it has been like overcoming this disease while going after our dreams, how we creatively manage our time, and all kinds of creative things about business. You’re sure to be inspired and get some “Ah-Ha” moments in this episode!

Special thanks to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Minnesota, Dakotas Chapter for letting us use the audio from our Facebook LIVE panel video earlier this summer! If you’d like to help me raise $1,000 for the CFF Virtual Great Strides Walk, click this link: https://fightcf.cff.org/site/TR/GreatStrides/80_Minnesota_Minneapolis?px=4400418&pg=personal&fr_id=8012



Activate Your Hope…

My brand new e-book, How I Wish It Would Have Gone, is your guide to process through the inner conflict of your disappointments so you can spark hope again. It’s available now for only $9.97 and includes TONS of bonus coaching! Get it now at https://www.raymateam.com/howiwish


Let’s hang out on Instagram!

Hey guys, thanks again for listening! I’d love to hear the takeaways that you got on today’s episode! Stop by Instagram and let’s chat! You can find my podcast page at @shewhoovercomespodcast – https://www.instagram.com/shewhoovercomespodcast and my personal/coaching page at @msmandybanderson – https://www.instagram.com/msmandybanderson. And, I’d be so grateful if you left a review before you go. You just might hear your name and your takeaway at the beginning of next week’s episode!

53: The Ups and Downs of Life on Trikafta

In 2019, the FDA fast-tracked approval of a drug for Cystic Fibrosis called, Trikafta. It’s a game changer for those of us in the CF Community. Since I’ve always been so healthy as a CFer, I didn’t think I would ever actually try a modulator like this. But then, I did. And my life changed – a lot. This episode tells the tale of the ups and downs of my life on Trikafta. The good, the bad, and the ugly. May it encourage you and give you hope on your own health journey today.

Grab your coffee and let’s dive in…



Activate Your Hope…

My brand new e-book, How I Wish It Would Have Gone, is your guide to process through the inner conflict of your disappointments so you can spark hope again. It’s available now for only $9.97 and includes TONS of bonus coaching! Get it now at https://www.raymateam.com/howiwish


Let’s hang out on Instagram!

Hey guys, thanks again for listening! I’d love to hear the takeaways that you got on today’s episode! Stop by Instagram and let’s chat! You can find me at @shewhoovercomespodcast – https://www.instagram.com/shewhoovercomespodcast. And, I’d be so grateful if you left a review before you go. You just might hear your name and your takeaway at the beginning of next week’s episode!

Tips for Airway Clearance and Strong Lungs

COVID-19 is here and in some ways, it seems to me like the rest of the world just woke up one day to the life of a Cystic Fibrosis Patient. Suddenly all human beings have to learn how to live their lives with a six foot rule, being super germ-aware, and managing the mental and emotional toll of what is now known as social distancing. These realities are not new to those of us in the CF Community. We have been living them for decades now and when this is over, we will still have to live them. Rather than complain about this, I want to share some insight on how I manage life with this disease.

Here are some of my top tips of how to clear your airways and keep your lungs strong.


AIRWAY CLEARANCE:

Back in the day, my parents had to pound me while I did my breathing treatments. That sounds a bit abusive, but there’s no other way to describe it. The video above will help you see the examples of having someone pound your chest, back, and sides to help move mucus out of your lungs. It’s a bit tricky to explain, so the visual will help.

If you don’t have someone living with you that can help with this, you can also do what is called “a huff.” The video shows an example of this too.

Also – do not sleep flat when you have congestion. Sleep in an elevated position with a few pillows behind you. I have found that this helps me sleep in a more comfortable position when I am battling a cold or the flu and I struggle to breathe. You may even find that your ribs are out of place from coughing sometimes and my tip for this is to have heat packs on your back or side to help ease the discomfort so you can rest better.

NUTRITION TIPS:

What we feed our bodies matters. These are my top tips to keep my lungs strong and clear from a nutritional standpoint.

No Dairy, especially dairy milk. Dairy creates more mucus, so at the very least, stop drinking dairy milk and use an alternative like almond milk or coconut milk. Also, limit your cheese intake.

Spinach – it helps your immune system and keeps your lungs strong. Eat a lot of it.

Garlic and onions – these are both good for your immune system and are natural expectorants because they thin out secretions.

Drink plenty of water. At least half your body weight in ounces every day. I usually drink 4-6 liters of water a day and feel at my best when I do that.

Drink Tea. Tea with lemon and honey is a soothing tea that is also good for when you have congestion. Peppermint tea can help too.

Keeping your immune system strong is one way to help your lungs stay strong, but let’s not ignore exercise. Cardio workouts help too. If you can’t run or ride bike, at the very least get yourself outside for a walk. Twenty minutes of walking is better than nothing. And cardio PLUS weight training is great together. Weight training can help build your lung capacity better than cardio sometimes so do what you can and start now.

All of these quick tips are very helpful and can make a difference. Start now so you are ready and prepared if and when sickness arrives at your front door.

Be blessed, be healthy, and be inspired,
~Mandy


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36: The Spoon Theory

“I have no spoons left to deal with this.” That’s a phrase my bestie used on a weekend girls trip to Minneapolis a few months ago. “No spoons? What does that mean?” I pondered out loud. Raychel then proceeded to explain to me The Spoon Theory. Ever since then, “no spoons” has been a phrase I’ve adopted. It’s a phrase that helps me give myself grace. More than that, it’s a completely practical way for me to explain chronic illness to the world around me.

According to Wikipedia, “The spoon theory or spoon metaphor is a disability metaphor, a neologism used to explain the reduced amount of mental and physical energy available for activities of living and productive tasks that may result from disability or chronic illness.” It was developed by Christine Miserandino and you can look her up at www.butyoudontlooksick.com.

In today’s episode of the She Who Overcomes Podcast, my bestie – Raychel Perman – and I have a candid conversation about how we apply the Spoon Theory in our own lives and understanding this can help you live with less shame on your own journey of health. Enjoy!



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