Who is Hannah? Hannah is an amazing 16 year old girl. Hannah was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when she was about 18 months old. They can detect Cystic Fibrosis when the baby is in the womb. Unfortunately Hannah didn’t start getting the proper treatment, or for the matter any treatment until she was adopted by the Hewitt family when she was about 3 years old. By this time Cystic Fibrosis already took its toll on Hannah, which means that she is now dealing with the repercussions of what Cystic Fibrosis can do, and how it can take over your life. Right now Hannah is in the position where her lungs can go into complete failure, and this means that she can finally be on the list for a lung transplant, but your lungs have to go into complete failure in order for this to happen. Hannah has been hospitalized 8 times in the last 12 months, and each hospital visit ranges from 7 to 10 days. These hospital visits do not include her regular visits which are seeing her specialist at least once a month to evaluate Hannah’s condition. Every time Hannah goes to the hospital it’s located at Kaiser which is in Oakland, Ca. Being that Hannah has these frequent visits to the hospital, her mother Beth had to stop working in order to take her to the hospital, and to care for her, so this means a less income within the house hold. It gets expensive with the hospital visits, and Hannah’s treatments. Hannah shared that she takes 120 pills a week to try and keep her Cystic Fibrosis under control. There are a few fundraisers that are taking place in order to help the Hewitt family. Right now there are T-shirts being sold in order to raise funds to help Hannah and her family out. Sauced in Livermore is also willing to have fundraiser on Hannah’s account on April 9th 2014. There will also be a live and silent auction present at the Sauced’s fundraiser. You can also go to Team Hannah Facebook page in order to purchase a t-shirt, sweatshirt, or even wrist band.
Cystic Fibrosis is a deadly disease, and usually ends in death at a young age. The thing with Cystic Fibrosis is there is no cure at this time, but there is hope when it comes to community support. When Hannah sees people wearing team Hannah gear it literally puts a smile on her face. Team Hannah also has designated a day which is Tuesdays, and on Tuesdays we wear purple, or team Hannah gear for ‘Tough Enough Tuesdays’.
Hannah came to the Hewitt family at about 3 years old with the disease Cystic Fibrosis. Beth, Hannah’s mother, had noticed that all of Hannah’s medications that she should have been taking for Cystic Fibrosis had been expired. Put in short terms Hannah was not getting any kind of treatment at all. Hannah had always been really sick as an infant, and her health was always challenging. There were so many hospitalizations, and appointments, and still are many. Hannah has a very common strain of Cystic Fibrosis, and this common strain continues to claim the lives that are diagnosed with this disease. The age range for Cystic Fibrosis patients is typically 27 years old. This blew me away because when I found this out I was 27 years old. It hit me like a ton of bricks. Hannah continues her treatments, but she has sustained a tremendous amount of lung damage as well as illnesses. Hannah will continue to fight for her life every day. Hannah is still attempting to live a normal life. She takes goats to the Alameda County Fair, she is home schooled, and even plans to start college courses soon. Hannah is a typical 15 year old girl who lives with Cystic Fibrosis. Hannah is not the only one out there who lives with this disease, but it is imperative that people should know about Cystic Fibrosis, and how we can all come together to help this family out. Thank you for your time. Never forget to pray for Hannah.