A Tribute to Everyone with Cystic Fibrosis

Dear CF Roundtable Blog readers,

I would like to share a drawing that I recently created. Occasionally, in my spare time, between four treatments a day, working, cooking food, attempting exercise, and the intermittent phone call or meet up with friends, I hone my artistic skills. In all honesty, it is maybe every few months, but when I do create something, it brings me much pleasure. Cystic fibrosis, the greatest blessing and the greatest curse in my life, obviously affects me daily yet provides the most inspiration.

In my drawing, the branches are in the shape of lungs, stemming from the main bronchi. The roses, not only being symbols of CF (sixty-five roses story) are also symbols of flourishing life in lungs stricken with illness. Despite the dead/dying tissues of scarred lungs from infections, there is still beautiful life within each person that has CF. Our roses bloom with each battle we face and win, to live to enjoy the next day and appreciate all it has to offer.

My drawing is in memory of all those that have lost their battle with CF, that their roses may continue to bloom through the way they’ve impacted each of our lives. It is also for all of us that still fight,  that we may take on each challenging day with a smile, to be able to take that next breath. That we may strive to never take a moment for granted and to enjoy the little seemingly insignificant details of our lives. As cliche as it sounds, to live, laugh, and love as much and as deeply as we can.


Ella Balasa

11 thoughts on “A Tribute to Everyone with Cystic Fibrosis”

  1. This work deserves to be in a CF Museum of Art. Impressively creative and provocative; bringing us to life.
    keep coughing (and creating).

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