Not A Wasted Breath: Living Fearlessly With Cystic Fibrosis

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Tate Publishing, Dec 14, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 281 pages
'Sis, the worst thing CF [cystic fibrosis] can do is kill me. It can't stop me from living.' Todd Gibbs spoke those words once to his sister and he proved that statement true time and time again. Though cystic fibrosis did kill him five days after his thirty-first birthday, the living he did showed that he had won the battle, even if CF eventually won the war. Not a Wasted Breath is not just a story about living with a fatal disease or waiting for a transplant. That was only a part of Todd's life. He never allowed his illness to rule his life, even in the face of over eighty hospitalizations. This is truly a story about how others perceived Todd, how they were affected by his presence in their lives, and how Todd viewed himself and his existence. In a poignant compilation of thoughts, memories, articles, and journal entries, LaRecea Gibbs, Todd's mother, creates a touching tableau of a life well spent that will inspire anyone to overcome personal obstacles through faith, determination, courage, and most of all, humor. Join mother and author LaRecea Gibbs in an inspiring biography which shows that though Todd's life was short, he never wasted a single breath. This Book is an inspiration to all readers in appreciating the gift of life. The account is thorough, has depth of development, is authentic, and puts us inside the people involved. Not a Wasted Breath enables readers to travel along emotionally. As a result, we count our own blessings. John Hagaman, Professor of English, Western Kentucky University, Director of WKU Writing Project.
 

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Jason in GA
I've laughed out loud and shed several tears, and that is from just reading the foreword.
Steve Cornwell
Amazing! You cannot read “Not a Wasted Breath” without feeling Todd's influence on every page! Todd's ability for full "acceptance" of his life situation is an example for us all. LaReca's focus, determination and unwavering commitment to make sure he lived a normal life while setting aside her own fears and emotions would be unimaginable if we had not witnessed it ourselves. Throughout his life and even after his death, Todd continues to inspire and teach us in many ways and I can just hear him saying “You can always make time to stop and look at the rainbow.”
Nikki Jo Bagwell
Mrs. Gibbs, I recently read your book and felt the need to thank you. My family moved to Scottsville in October of 1994 (I was in the first grade) and I never had the opportunity to meet Todd. However, after reading Not A Wasted Breath, I have never felt so touched by a person in my entire life. I just wanted to thank you for putting this book together. It has changed my whole outlook on life! I am just so sorry I was never able to meet Todd. He was, and is, a truly remarkable person to be touching and inspiring people even after his death. Again, thank you so much!
 

Contents

Foreword
13
Introduction
19
Prologue
21
Part I Todds Journey through His Eyes
23
My Life
25
Waiting for the Gift
29
Childhood Memories
37
Waiting
41
Cystic Fibrosis Affects the Entire Family
119
Hospital Staff and Fun
153
True Blue UK Wildcat Fan
155
The Middle School Years
157
The Financial Costs of CF
161
Making Hospitalizations Easier
163
Mischief and Miracles
167
Learning to Do Home IVS
171

June 18 1995
43
July 3 to August 27 1995
47
August 28 to September 25 1995
79
Part II Todds Journey through the Eyes of His Mother
93
How Long Do I Have to Live Mama?
95
In the Beginning
99
The Diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis
103
Adjusting to Life with Cystic Fibrosis
109
Quality or Quantity?
113
Frequent Hospitalizations
117
Just a Normal Kid
177
Meeting the President
179
Turning Sixteen without Halos or Wings
185
Growing Up
189
An Empty Room
191
Scoop sounds off
197
The Beginning of College
201
Todd Adds another Job
203
Cystic Fibrosis Rears its Ugly Head
205
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