July 28, 2015
Through It All
My name is Kelly Lee. I am 52 years old and have Cystic Fibrosis (CF). On Christmas 2013 my son and daughter-in-law gave me the amazing gift of The Giving Key. I had never heard of them before and was totally overwhelmed when I got it. They said that they had prayed long and hard for the right word to have on my key. They finally decided on the word "hope". I think this was the PERFECT word. Having Cystic Fibrosis is an everyday struggle. I suffer from serious lung infections and insufficient pancreas and liver functions. Over the last 3 years it has been a real struggle just trying to get through the day to day existence of someone with CF. Through the love, prayers and support of many in my life, I have lived much longer than a lot of people with CF. Our life span has increased to possibly 37 years, but many don't make it. I have lost so many friends with CF in the last 3 years. This too takes a toll on someone with CF. I must say, When I opened my gift, read the card and realized that not only did it lift my spirits and let me know that my kids don't want to lose me to this horrible disease, I found out that it was helping the people that make them. I was equally impressed with the idea that once I have gotten benefit from having it and wearing it, it will help someone else; someone I decide to give it to. after having it for over a year, and praying very hard about who in my life might need this wonderful key, I knew beyond a doubt who I was supposed to send it to. I met a friend a couple years ago on one of the CF Facebook forums. Her name is Debbie and she lives in Australia. She also has CF and is the same age I am. Her health too has begun to fail over the last few years. We spend much time Skyping, Messaging, talking on the phone, etc. I will probably never in my lifetime get to meet Debbie in person, but we have grown as close as two people can be. I knew deep in my heart that I was supposed to pass my key on to Debbie. So that is exactly what I did. She was so surprised and overwhelmed with the key. My husband and I prayed over the key before we put it in the mail and we prayed that it would put a smile on her face. So, to make a long story short, I absolutely loved my giving key and I'm happy to say that it is now in the heart and hands of a precious lady on the other side of the world. Who would have ever known that this "blessing key" would take such a journey. I wanted to let you know what an impact this little key made in, not only my life, but someone so special to me. Thank you so much for what you do in your giving key ministry.