Saturday, December 11, 2010

A one of a kind

This is Somer Love, the gorgeous blond in the picture! I used to babysit her hundreds of years ago. She is a fellow blogger and Starbucks fan, Painter/Artist, expert on fighting germs and an adult living with Cystic Fibrosis. She has the most amazing attitude and positive outlook on life, she radiates happiness....just look at her smile!

Somer, Me and Preppy

She was a guest writer on a  CF Website for the 12 Days of Christmas. I thought I would reprint her article because she has really great advice for all how to beat the cold and flu season. She is also an advocate for CF and is educating others about CF through her blog and website. If you know anyone with this disease you know how important it is to stay healthy. We are lucky to have her in our lives and I hope someday soon a cure is found.

On the Third Day of Christmas...

 By Somer Love

 Is it just me or are the years getting shorter and shorter? Or is it that they are just starting the Christmas cheer earlier and earlier? Don’t get me wrong I love the holidays as much as the next person. But what I can’t stop thinking about is that with the Holiday cheer comes the ever so dreaded flu and cold season.
I guess I should introduce myself for those of you that don’t know me. My name is Somer Love. I try to live each day to the fullest by keeping my hope high and dreams big!! I am a 31-year-old adult living with Cystic Fibrosis, and I am an active advocate in the CF community. I make it a priority to raise awareness and help educate everyone on CF. Being diagnosed at 11 months old I was unable to make my own decisions. However, I am fortunate enough to have fabulous parents who chose to help fight my disease. When I was old enough I adopted my parents philosophy and joined the fight. I have a blog and update it often. Come join my fight over at

 I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this newsletter. I want to share with you some tips that I do daily to rid my body of any airborne ailment that may have found its way in despite my best efforts. I do these all daily and swear by them:

 1. Of course we all know the power of clean hands. Use soap and water when you can and when that isn’t available then a little hand sanitizer goes a long way. I have that stuff everywhere; coat pockets, handbags, car, every room in the house…. You get the picture.
 2. At the end of every day, I gargle with hot salt water, and I also do a sinus rinse. This prevents any bug from proliferating and settling in.

 3. Drinking hot liquids can also knock any germs loose and send them down into your stomach where they cannot survive.
4. Try not to touch your face. If you have an itch use the inside of your shirt or sweatshirt, that’s what I do.
 5. And last, but not least, some say dogs are a man’s best friend and trust me its true. I love my babies! However, during flu and cold season vitamins are also man’s best friends. You can get Vitamins through supplements or vitamin-rich foods, like fruit and veggies. So stock up and eat healthy.
 Wishing you all a HAPPY and VERY HEALTHY Holiday season!
Somer Love


Joyce said...

Thanks Somer and Kathy for the hints to stay healthy. I have to be careful this year. xo

lytha said...

my grandfather said to gargle with salt water. once i had a terrible sore throat and it cured it right away. amazing.

if somer saw my hands just an hour ago she would have been appalled. i had been moving stall mats - that is, the rubber mats that my horse pees and poops on every day. then i installed a new trough in my stall, kneeling in dreck. my hands are clean now, scrubbed with the nail scrubber too, but then they started hurting from all the exertion, i had to use lotion to feel normal again. yup, i put a few years on my hands today. but i was at aldi tonight BEFORE i washed up. uh.....oops.

thanks for the reminder about how important hand washing is to overall health. i used to be a CNA so i should know better: )


likeschocolate said...

Thanks for sharing this I will share this with a friend of mine whose son has Cystic Fibrosis. I think it might give her some hope.

Kwana said...

Thanks for sharing these tips and wonderful post.

Somer Love said...

Love you!!!! Xo