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Christopher B.

New York, United States

Keeping One Foot in Front of the Other

If someone were to see me on the street, there is a pretty good chance they would see a typical 'thirty-something.' I like exploring new neighborhoods in the city, going on long runs in Prospect Park, playing tennis with my family, finding the perfect new restaurant, and spending time with my friends - when not in the office. What that person wouldn't understand, is how much work I need to do in order to enjoy those basic everyday things. And how nothing should be taken for granted.

I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) at birth. CF is a disease that impacts my body’s lungs, and can make every breathe an effort. While I am fortunate to be able to benefit from recent developments in CF care and treatment, I still spend hours each day doing breathing treatments and airway clearance to try and keep CF at bay. Living with CF all my life, I’ve found that daily exercise is the best treatment to clear my lungs, and help them work properly. Through a lot of hard work, I was able to bring my lungs back up to 84% capacity - the best numbers I have seen in years! However, with the outbreak of COVID-19 and the seasons changing, it is becoming more and more difficult for me to get the proper amount of exercise I need. Because of the increased risk of COVID complications because of my CF, I am not able to use gyms, and am limited in my time outside exposed to many people.

I know that this coming winter is going to be difficult to stay motivated and active. But, I am not going to let COVID or CF win, and I’ll keep going and working hard to keep myself as healthy as I can. Having access to a Peloton and the Peloton community at home will give me the opportunity to continue to get the exercise I need to keep putting one foot in front of the other, and make sure that I am able to keep doing the things I love.

Thank you very much for your consideration. Stay safe, and stay healthy.

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