Zara is 9 years old and loves to play basketball, dance ballet and play elastics. She lives with her mum, dad, 11-year-old brother Evan and has two goldfish (Spot and Shadow), two rose barbs, and four apple snails. Zara is a ray of sunshine to everyone who meets her because she is always smiling and giggling. We thought we would ask Zara a few questions to get to know her!
What is your favourite subject in school and why?
My favourite subjects are science (because I like experiments and learning fascinating facts) and writing stories (because I find it relaxing and I like to use my imagination).
How would your friends describe you?
Thoughtful and helpful.
If you could meet one famous person, who would it be and why?
Hugh Jackman because he plays a character in my favourite movie, The Greatest Showman, and he’s a very good singer and dancer.
Also, Sir David Attenborough because he is a very fascinating man and I admire him because he travels the world to teach people about nature. Some of his shows are funny too. I like the episode where the wild goose chick jumps off the cliff from its nest.
What would you like to be in the future?
A professional ballet dancer or an author.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
Singapore, we went there in October 2019.
What is it like for you, having CF?
Frustrating sometimes (the treatments take a long time), but most of the time I just get on with it – Mum lets me have ice cream after my salt neb and I watch TV or play on the DS or Switch while I am doing nebs or physio.
Do you have any advice for other kids with CF?
Do everything you can to stay well now, so you can be well in the future.
If you made one rule that everyone in the world had to follow, what would it be?
To be kind. The world deserves happiness and kindness beyond the world.
Zara was recently in our short video, ‘CF at School’. You can ask your parents to watch it by going to the link below. If you would like your classmates to know more about CF, you might also like to ask your teacher to play it in class too.
CF at School: www.vimeo.com/542886881
Interview from Rozee Magazine, Summer 2022.