Episode 216: Medical Miracles with Mandie Rudd-Sherman

Mandie Rudd-Sherman is a 33 year old woman living with cystic fibrosis. She has been married for 9 years, has one 7 year-old-son and is expecting a baby girl via gestational surrogacy this summer. She loves exercise, podcasts, reading and skiing with her boys.

Mandie is a respiratory therapist, public speaker and advocate. She educates on her life story living with CF and provides awareness for chronic illness on social media platforms. On a personal note, Mandie and I have been friends for almost 12 years now, and I'm so excited to share her light with everyone today! Her story of resilience and determination has inspired me over and over, and I'm also so grateful she's willing to open up and share and educate us today about her journey with gestational surrogacy.

Time Stamps:

[00:52] – Mandie Rudd-Sherman’s family will welcome a wonderful gift in June.

[02:54] – What is cystic fibrosis?

[09:13] – Mandie shares her pregnancy journey and becoming a parent. What decisions did she need to make?

[16:55] – Why did Mandie choose to have another baby via gestational surrogacy?

[22:02] – Mandie recalls the miracles that came together during this new pregnancy journey.

[28:44] – This new medication is improving how Mandie manages cystic fibrosis.

[33:53] – Mandie says she learned about communication during this pregnancy journey via gestational surrogacy.

[39:04] – Mandie and her family are prepping for the baby on the way.

[41:44] – What is Mandie’s advice for families considering gestational surrogacy?

[47:11] – “A smile can change somebody’s day.”

Supporting Resources:

Mandie's Instagram

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