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Girl Seeking Joy – EP. 17

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Cassandra is no longer afraid of living. Girl seeking joy. The Brave Files Podcast.



Top Takeaways From This Episode:

  • Joy can be just as scary as suffering, chase it anyway
  • Your physical self does not have to define who you are
  • Life’s big decisions can come at you fast, you have the strength to make good choices

Show Notes:

Cassandra Bumpus has been “the sick girl” her entire life. Diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when she was less than a year old, her early life was defined by her illness. Cystic Fibrosis is progressive and has no cure.

With her health failing and complete inability to breathe on her own, Cassandra felt lost. Still, she was unsure about the double lung transplant doctors said was her only option. Eventually, in her early 20s, Cassandra realized that in order to live, she would need to step out of her comfort zone and take the risk of saying “yes” to a double lung transplant.

Since the transplant, Cassandra has made a full recovery and also said “yes” to building a life with her long-distance love and new husband. Her husband, Dillon also has Cystic Fibrosis. Cassandra says her husband helps her set aside her fears and take time to enjoy the here and now.

Cassandra and her husband Dillon on their wedding day.

Cassandra also made the brave decision to start her own business. Check out her work at Cunningham Creative Services. She offers copywriting services for small businesses and fellow entrepreneurs. She has also launched a Facebook page (soon to be blog) called Girl Seeking Joy. The site is dedicated to embracing joy rather than running from it, no matter what life throws at you.

Cassandra finally gets to go home after five months in the hospital

After five months in the hospital, Cassandra finally gets to go home. She is pictured here with her mother.

Cassandra Bumpus, post transplant

In the hospital post-transplant (late November 2016)


Cassandra Bumpus loves connecting with people through stories and conversation. She can often be found spending hours on research with her favorite cup of tea next to her in an attempt to satisfy her curious mind.

Her interests have led to a passion for copywriting, content marketing, and case studies. She provides these services through her business, Cunningham Creative Services, her virtual business is based out of Saskatchewan, Canada. In her spare time, she enjoys working on her blog, Girl Seeking Joy (coming soon). Cassandra loves to chat and can be reached at

Full ventilator, post double lung transplant. The Brave Files Podcast guest, Cassandra Bumpus

Cassandra required a full ventilator after her double lung transplant.

Cassandra was transported to the hospital in an ambulance for her double lung transplant

Cassandra put on an ambulance to be taken to the airport and flown to Edmonton, Alberta (the nearest lung transplant centre, about a 5-hour drive from where she lives, late September 2016)

Cassandra Bumpus was on full time oxygen in order to survive prior to her double lung transplant. The Brave Files Podcast.

Cassandra was required to wear an oxygoen mask at all times, prior to her double lung transplant.

Giving is Good:

Unsurprisingly, Cassandra supports Cystic Fibrosis Canada and encourages American listeners to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Cassandra is no longer afraid of living. Girl seeking joy. The Brave Files Podcast.
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About Your Host:
Heather Vickery
Heather Vickery
Heather Vickery is an award-winning business owner and global leader with over 20 years as an entrepreneur. She leverages her entrepreneurial skills and expertise to coach individuals towards greater personal and professional fulfillment by helping them leverage their fear into intentional bravery. Heather says “When we choose bravely, on purpose, we choose bigger, have bigger successes and it’s contagious” A celebrated public speaker, Heather inspires audiences and empowers attendees with the tools they need to live bold and successful lives through creating balance, time management, mindfulness, as well as countless systems, strategies, and boundaries. She’s the author of Gratitude Journal: Shift Your Focus and Grow Grateful: A Gratitude Journal for Kids and Families. Heather is also the host and executive producer of The Brave Files Podcast.
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