Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Ashley Ballou Bonnema grew up in northwest Iowa, graduating from West Lyon High School in 2005. Although she looks like a typical 28-year old, she is fighting Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic fatal disease that affects the respiratory system of 30,000 people in the United States. CF causes the body to produce a thick, sticky mucus that clogs the airways of the lungs and can lead to life-threatening infections, scarring, and decreased lung function.
About a year and a half ago Ashley began writing an online blog designed to let her friends know what she was facing with this disease. She tells us what motivated her to begin the blog.
Ashley says she never expected the blog to become what it has become.
She says her blog is now available as a book, thanks to the prodding of her friends.
She says she never would have believed that she’d be writing a book.
Ballou-Bonnema talks about where her book is available.
To read Ashley Ballou Bonnema’s online blog, click here.
For her website, and information on how to order her new book, click here.