Nicholas Strand’s new book Loving Someone Who Is Dying: Choose Your Attitude, Create Your Life, documents the life story of his wife Brianna, their relationship, and most importantly, her courage as she spent her life learning to live with cystic fibrosis (CF) and not let it control her life. This book will show you that even in the face of all odds, you can have a positive outlook on life, enrich the world for those around you, and leave a legacy that will continue to inspire others.
It is hard to describe Brianna in just a few words. She had so many levels and strengths. However, her husband, Nick, captures her well when he explains what led to the photo of Brianna on the book’s front cover:
“Her beauty was what drew most people’s attention. But her power was visible, politely letting her beauty take center stage. What you don’t see was her 101-degree temperature, or her removing the needle and setting her IV aside so she could jump into her wedding dress and let her beauty radiate. Yet she did it with ease, without any sign that she was in a constant war to keep her body alive.”
Brianna constantly radiated love, joy, support, kindness, and fun. As Nick shares, she refused to let CF control her. She had to be in control, and when CF took control, she got mad. Nick documents many examples of how Brianna always stayed one step ahead of CF. She was diagnosed with CF at a young age and told she wouldn’t live past thirteen, but she made it almost to thirty. In high school, she…