Runner overcomes challenges from cystic-fibrosis

Thursday, May 8th 2008, 8:06 pm

By: News 9

By Gan Matthews, NEWS 9

Jackie Dubois-Miller never runs away from a challenge.

Dubois-Miller said she doesn't let anything stop her--not even the cystic-fibrosis she was born with.

"When I was diagnosed I believe the life expectancy was in the late teens, so it wasn't a very good outlook at that point," she said.

Dubois-Miller didn't let her disease stop her from taking up cross-county running. She even earning a track scholarship to OU.

"I loved the sport," she said. "I loved the team aspect of it, and it was a good challenge for me, and little did I know that's just a great way for CF patients to help regulate the disease."

Jackie earned a host of honors while competing for OU, including the prestigious Wooden Cup for exemplary citizenship and athletics.

On the personal front, she's wrapping up work on her master's degree in professional meteorology. She's married, and she and husband Adam are expecting their first child in July.

 "I think that I've learned that everybody has their struggles, and it's just learning to take them in stride and to push beyond what you think might be your limitations and to use those as motivations to continue and pursue your dreams," she said.


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