At 16 years old, Jasmine has been placed on the transplant list for a new set of lungs due to a diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis a few weeks after birth. At Chasin A Dream Foundation, we have been friends with Jasmine and her family for several years, assisting them with toys and gift cards at Christmas. Jasmines younger brother also has a diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis.
We received this letter from Jasmine: I was asked what I really need at this moment in my life and that is a laptop. I would like a laptop for two big reasons: one being that I have cystic fibrosis and miss school a lot, and now that I’m on the transplant list I will be traveling a lot so the laptop will help me complete much school and help me with my online classes. I take a few online classes such as chemistry, foreign language (mandarin Chinese), and parenting skills. They are all graduation requirements and I really would love to get my credit for them. They are all hard but I love school and I love striving for greatness. So having this laptop will help me complete my assignments when I’m not at home or in school and I can also do my public school assignments online if needed or not attending school for health reasons. It definitely will be a big impact because it will help me graduate on time. Because of my health issues I have problems making credits up in school so online is way easier for me because I can definitely work on my own schedule and time. So living with cystic fibrosis is many feelings. It’s excessively hard. Complicated sometimes. It’s very emotional at times. Lots of responsibility. Lots of remembering. But on the positive note it’s easy when I’m compliant. It can be fun at times. Taking my pills different ways or finding new ways to make my medicine fun. I try very hard to just make it first priority especially with school and home and my brothers. It’s alot. I hate having CF. it’s just not something I would wish on my worst enemy. The amount of things I’m dealing with right now isn’t half of what I’ll have to deal with later on in the future. It’s so scary. So traumatizing. I cry so much about it all. I’ve never shed so much tears over something. But yes there are amazing outcomes waiting for me in the future when I get my new lungs. Including less medication and a chance to be “normal” Ever since I was born I’ve never up to now felt normal. I’m so jealous of how everyone else around me gets to be happy and enjoy life with normal bodies. All the medication and medicines became just another day of school for me. It’s just everyday never have to think about doing them. I go to public school but I feel like I miss so much more school rather than when I actually go. Being on a lung transplant list…. it’s adrenaline rushing. It’s nerve racking. Scary. Exciting. I really at times wish it was just all over because it’s so hard waiting. Although it’s only been a few days I’ve been waiting it’s still the fact that I’m waiting for a pair it gets me everyday!!! But I know that getting these lungs will once again…. give me an amazing second chance at a normal easy breathing life. And I will be able to do more things in life. I really can’t wait but I also can. I’m just ready. My confidence level took so long to build up since I found about my bad lungs but I’m so overly confident I would love love a Apple laptop that I’ll be able to travel with, for school and just the fact that I will be dealing with a lot of out of school health appointments.
March 1, 2018 We surprised Jasmine yesterday at the Apple Store with a brand new laptop. There is video of this on the Chasin A Dream Facebook page. She was so excited and the staff at Apple, Garden Mall, could not have been more engaging and helpful. One of Chasin A Dream’s donors, Donna Lewis, fundraised the money to purchase this for Jasmine and was also there for the surprise. When the store manager realized what was happening, he came out, introduced himself and had Jasmine pick out a wireless headset. That was incredibly thoughtful and so appreciated. I didn’t think Jasmine’s face would light up any more than it already was, but it sure did. We had a blast taking photos against Apple’s picture wall. This is what Chasin A Dream is all about. Jasmine now can continue her studies while she is away during transplant and this computer will carry her through college. She has plans on going into the medical field and becoming a Gator. Her transplant will be taking place at Shands so she said “maybe I’ll just stay.”