'Walking up the stairs used to be a struggle before new fitness regime'
Bevin Murphy (21) has turned to fitness in her battle with cystic fibrosis.
Walking up the stairs was once a struggle for the Dublin student because of her illness.
"I was diagnosed with CF when I was six months old," said Bevin.
However, she began doing exercise regularly around two years ago and has been reaping the benefits.
"In general I am quite well because I am so fit. I keep really active and do running and exercise and that's the key for me to stay well.
"If it wasn't for the exercise I wouldn't be half as good as I am now," said Bevin.
"I go to the gym about four times a week and I like to go for a run twice a week as well, so I am doing exercise nearly every single day.
"I have only really taken that up in the last two years. Before that I had no interest in exercising.
"Walking up the stairs was a major struggle for me. I have come a really, really long way. It was a lot of hard work.
"Now I don't get out of breath or tired walking at all.
"I started off from going for a ten-minute walk literally every day, to building it up and adding extra minutes onto that to where I am today.
"So it's a long process but one that was worth it in the end," she said.
Speaking about growing up with CF, Bevin said the first time she was ever admitted to hospital was when she was six years old. But she said that her Leaving Cert year was the worst in terms of health.
"I was really, really sick. It was a real struggle for me," she said.
"I was coughing so much I was getting sick. I was in hospital for IV antibiotics. I was trying to do my Leaving Cert at the same time even though I missed over half a year of school," she said.
Bevin had success in her exams and is now in the final year of her degree on Health and Society at DCU.
"I have applied for a postgraduate in psychology so I am hoping to do that," she said.