Hey guys! My name is Brooke Wolcott. I’m 17 years old, from Warren, Texas. I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when I was six months old. Following my diagnosis, my parents were told by the doctors my life would be limited in a variety of ways. They said my quality of life would likely be poor. My growth would be stunted. I would be unable to participate in “normal” activities. However, due to the advancements in CF research and development of new medications, my life’s reality is far different than expected. Admittedly, I am NOT normal. In fact my parents tell me God definitely broke the mold with me! Not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. They also have encouraged me to reach for the stars. So, that’s what I’ve always tried to do.
While I enjoy many activities, sports and the outdoors are where I spend much of my time. I played basketball from Kindergarten to my Sophomore year of high school. OKC is my favorite NBA basketball team and Kevin Durant is my favorite player. I played softball from the time I was 6 until age 13. One of the highlights of my playing experience was being a part of the 2008 Tantrum, a 10U State Championship team. I enjoy bass fishing at Sam Rayburn reservoir and hunting on our family’s small lease.
My parents have been my biggest supporters from the beginning. They have raised me in a Godly household. They have taught me the sky is the limit and nothing is impossible if I set my mind to it. To always be responsible and accountable, to live each day in a way which honors the Lord. I love my parents and my family very much. I have been blessed with many friends over my lifetime. Some have been in my life for as long as I can remember and some have just come into my life more recently. I’m thankful to have them. They help keep me grounded and understand that my health comes before anything. No matter what I face, I know they have my back. It’s a great feeling to know you have friends who care for you.
Sometimes people say they just don’t understand how I can be so strong or keep a smile on my face when I have to deal with everything this disease involves. I’m not going to lie and say it’s easy, because it’s not. However, I refuse to let it define me. While it’s part of who I am, I choose to use it for the greater good. They ask me why this is so important to me. Well, here it goes. I may be “just” 17 years old. I may not know exactly what the rest of my life looks like. I may not know how long it will last and who does? BUT I do know this. With the time I have, I will bring as much attention and raise as much money as I can to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. I will fight to find a cure not just for myself, but for all the people who have been touched by CF. I will do this for myself and others who battle this disease daily. I will use my life to be a voice for those who have lost their voice to this terrible disease. That is why I am doing this.
That’s just a little bit about me. I hope you enjoy my blog. Subscribe if you would like to receive emails on new blog posts, and other news.