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Brianna Oas Strand: I Am Living Proof

Brianna Oas Strand

Brianna Oas Strand is alive today to pursue her dreams thanks to the care she received at Seattle Children’s – and the research of our physicians to improve treatments of cystic fibrosis.

When I was 3, I was very, very sick. No one could figure out why – until I came to Seattle Children’s. Within minutes of walking into the room, Dr. Bonnie Ramsey knew I had cystic fibrosis.

Cystic fibrosis clogs the lungs and makes it progressively harder to breathe. In the past, most kids with cystic fibrosis didn’t live long enough to go to college or get married. Now, people like me are living twice as long.

I’m alive today, recently married and pursuing my dream to become a veterinarian because of the care I got at Children’s. My doctors at Children’s are world leaders in studying and treating cystic fibrosis. Being cared for by such a knowledgeable and passionate team was the answer to my family’s prayers.

I spent a lot of time in the hospital with lung and sinus infections, but I was always excited to come to Children’s and see the nurses and just hang out with them. I have too many good memories of them to count – like the time they dressed me up as a surgeon and took me trick-or-treating through the hospital when I was there on Halloween. You can feel their compassion the minute you walk in. They always remember who you are and ask about details in your life that only someone who cares about you would remember – especially after long periods of time.

I was sad when I turned 21 and had to go somewhere else for my care. So were my mom and dad because we knew I was getting the best care in the world at Children’s – a combination of amazing doctors and nurses, the latest research and incredible compassion.

I can’t imagine what would have happened if I hadn’t come to Children’s. It literally saved my life.

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