Alaina’s SmartVest Story
Alaina was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) at just seven weeks old, which, naturally, was a shock to her parents Chris and Sarah, but now it has become a part of their everyday life.
“Part of what makes life easier is her SmartVest”
“Alaina is a very active little girl. When friends or family see or hear all that we have to do in order to keep Alaina healthy, they always speak about how amazing it is that we do what we do. Sometimes all that goes into her care can be overwhelming, but part of what makes life easier is her SmartVest.”
Close to her first birthday, Alaina got her first SmartVest. “She was very tiny but it’s great that treatment started so young because it’s part of her day-to-day life and very ‘normal’ for her,” Chris mentioned. “Doing manual percussions takes so much time and it’s exhausting; her SmartVest makes it so much easier.
The only phrase Alaina’s parents have to say to her is, “Time for treatment,” and she’ll head right to her room, hop on her bed, and she gets help putting her SmartVest on from Chris, Sarah, or one of her siblings.
Alaina and her family don’t let CF stop them from staying active, which includes going on vacations. SmartVest recently joined the family on a trip to Walt Disney World.
“It was so easy to take through TSA and travel throughout the airport”
“Thanks to the travel gear it comes with it was so easy to take through TSA and travel throughout the airport,” said Chris, “as well as being easily stored on the airplane while in flight. We are so thankful for the convenience of the SmartVest and how easy it makes life for us and for our amazing little girl.”