Why This Woman Couldn’t Keep Her Cystic Fibrosis a Secret Any Longer

After watching one too many videos of people in need of lung transplants, 23-year-old Christina Davidson called her mom with an idea.

It was 3:30 in the morning, but Christina’s mother came over right away and helped her daughter create the powerful video below. In it, Christina shares her own story with the world through handwritten signs.

“I have cystic fibrosis,” one of the first signs reads. “My parents and I kept it a secret for most of my life. I wanted to feel ‘normal.’”

Before Davidson, who lives in Nashville, posted the video on her Facebook page, few people knew about her disorder, The Tennessean reported.

“I’m trying to raise awareness because one day, Facebook friends, it’s going to come down to you saving my life,” Davidson wrote in her Facebook post. “Let’s share this with everyone we know.”

Since Davidson first shared the video on December 19, it’s gotten more than 11,500,000 views. The viral response has prompted her to start the Christina Davidson Foundation, her own nonprofit.