Zaftig- Having a full shapely figure, pleasantly plump.
Hmm... I don't mind the first part but not too happy with the pleasantly plump description.
I lied, there's more than one word for Z my next one is,
Zest- enthusiasm, vigorous enjoyment. Va va voom.
We can exercise everyday, eat healthy, take care of our skin and posture, do all the other 101 things we have to do to be fabulous and fit after 50 but if we don't have that zest for life none of it will do us any good.
As every year passes I'm more and more grateful to be here.
I was born Cystic Fibrosis which is the most commonly inherited disease in the UK as 1 in 25 of us are a carrier of the gene. CF affects the lungs and they fill up with sticky mucus,a breeding ground for germs resulting in repeated chest infections and breathing problems. If I am in your company and you have a sore throat or a cold then nine times out of ten I will end up with a chest infection.
The pancreas can also be affected by CF making it difficult to digest food and absorb nutrients resulting in slow growth and poor weight gain. I am extremely lucky in that my pancreas doesn't seem to be affected in this way.
Even though I was classed as "failure to thrive" as a baby and despite lots of hospital stays and chest infections I slipped through the net and didn't get my diagnoses until I was 28yr. A child with CF in the fifties wasn't expected to suvive infant years so I suppose the older I became the less likey they suspected what was wrong with me.
Today life expectancy for someone with CF is 41yrs ( I screwed that number up for them!) but young children and teenagers are still losing their lives or suffering a life full of medication, physiotherapy and hospital stays. We are so close to finding a cure it's only money for research that is preventing it.
When I was finally diagnosed the shock was unbelievable but I then received the proper care and attention which had been lacking since my birth, doctors started believing me when I was unwell and that's the reason I'm still here folks, real good care from the CF team at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow and a lot of luck.
That is why I have a zest for life, I enjoy every minute of it even when I'm doing nothing very productive.
Sometimes life can be a bit of a struggle and after I have a particulary bad time and I think I'll never recover I have to pick myself up dust myself down and start all over again, with ZEST.
Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.