Never Tell Me the Odds

by Ashley Wilson

If you have listened to the Galactic Series, Part One, you would have known that a female character I most related to was Ciena Rae.  Like fellow team member, Regina Sanders, we both found Claudia Gray's Lost Stars to be captivating and saw ourselves in Ciena Rae. However, before I read the book, the only on-screen character I could relate to was the one who said this iconic line:

"Never tell me the odds."

That is right, Han Solo.  As soon as I heard that line, I knew this was a character I could relate to. Han had to fight his way out of Corellia and constantly prove people wrong. Even when the odds were against him, he looked past the obstacles and welcomed the challenges.  Also, he has a great sense of humor and makes witty remarks, which I admit, I sometimes do, too.

A few of you might already know this about me, but I live with a genetic disease called Cystic Fibrosis.  You might be asking, "What is Cystic Fibrosis?" I will give you the short and to the point explanation. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects the lungs, digestive system, and other organs in the body.  Everyone has mucus in their bodies, but with Cystic Fibrosis, the mucus is thick and sticky. This thick, sticky mucus clogs the ducts of organs making it hard for the organs to work properly. Chronic lung infections develop as the disease progresses.  Those who have Cystic Fibrosis do breathing treatments and take different medications to assist the organs. Currently, there is no cure; approximately 70,000 people worldwide are affected by this illness and 30,000 people live in the United States.

Now, I know that is a lot of information that I just gave you.  I do not share this with you seeking sympathy, but rather the complete opposite.  I told you this to educate you. My goal as someone living with Cystic Fibrosis is to be an advocate and bring light to the reality of invisible illnesses.  I face statistics, probabilities, and different obstacles every day. There are people who tell me that I cannot do certain things because of my illness, but you know what?  That does not stop me. I simply tell them to "never tell me the odds." I am more than a statistic, more than a number, and more than Cystic Fibrosis.