My name is Farrel, I’m 34 years old and I live in Florida. Originally from Dallas, I moved to the Sunshine State in late 2015 to be closer to my now-husband, Zack. I enjoy traveling the world, studying my Bible with a cup of hot tea in hand, live music, college football and horseback riding, but my true happy place is spending time with Zack, our 13-year-old furbaby, Biscuit, and the people who mean the most to me. What you would never know by simply meeting me is that I was born with Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic terminal illness that primarily affects the respiratory and digestive systems of only 70,000 people worldwide…And one that my parents were told would kill me by the age of 8. To date, the average life expectancy of CF patients is 41 years old; There is no cure.
Zack was also born with Cystic Fibrosis and works as a CrossFit trainer from our home gym. We met randomly in October 2014 in a Facebook CF forum where we learned that we share the belief that exercise and nutrition play a huge role in determining our quality of life with the illness. We were married on July 16th, our one-year anniversary, on Anna Maria Island and between the sunshine, the ocean and getting to spend every day with him, I have never been happier or healthier Together, we strive to encourage our fellow CFers to fight using faith, food and fitness through our social media project Team Debo for Cystic Fibrosis. We aspire to spend as many years as God gives us defying the odds and proving that love really is the cure for everything.
I am also currently working on penning my memoir, She is Chayil, which I hope to release sometime in 2018. Chayil (pronounced khah’-yil) is a beautiful Hebrew word that translates to a warrior spirit of courage and strength, through God, in the face of adversity. I believe that He has given me the life that He has, along with my passion for writing, to uplift and inspire those around me and, more importantly, to spread love and hope in a darkening world. From living with CF, to the heartbreak of losing my father tragically at a young age, to abuse that spanned from my childhood until my late twenties, to years of searching for love and life in all of the wrong places, to being openly outspoken about my faith and how He has saved me and made me whole, it is my hope that my experiences and my writing will reach and encourage everyone whose path it crosses
“If one person breathes easier because I lived, I will have succeeded.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson